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His jaw was broken and he still won.
That is the Cliff’s notes version of Ricardo Romero’s first bout in the Octagon, which sincerely does the fight little justice. Free and live on the Spike TV prelims for UFC 116, Romero pulled off a miraculous come from behind submission victory over Seth Petruzelli. It was like a scene ripped out of many classic Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fights where the battered and bloodied grappler needed just a momentary window to wrench an arm for a sudden finish. Broken jaw and all, like “Minotauro”, Romero still had his hand raised in the end . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC
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By Chris Davis at ringside
Photos by Tom Barnes/www.tomba-images.com
Former lightweight titleholder David Diaz (36-3-1) won a hard-fought majority decision against aspiring spoiler Robert Allen Frankel (27-10-1) Friday night in the ten-round main event of “Windy City Fight 15”, presented in Chicago by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. The boisterous crowd of over 3,500 witnessed an extraordinary display of back-and-forth, toe-to-toe action. Ultimately it was the effective inside fighting of Diaz that gave him the edge on two judges score cards (97-93 and 96-94), overriding the third judge who saw it a 95-95 draw. For more details and photos click here…
By Christopher P. Cook at Ringside
Tampa’s own Quinton Willis (6-2-1, 3 KOs) had more than he could handle against “Silky” Wilky Campfort (7-1-0, 4 KOs) at the Westshore DoubleTree Hotel in Tampa, Florida. In the first night of boxing in the Bay area for 2011, both fighters put on a crowd pleaser. Tampa’s first night of boxing had its highs and lows, starting with exciting early knockouts, followed by some slow-paced bouts, low blows, and finished off with a sound technical fight. (more…)
Photo: Peter Frutkoff
New York state super middleweight champion Lennon ‘2 Sharpe’ Allen (14-0, 9 KOs) made quick work of Jesse Orta (7-15-2, 4 KOs) in a non-title fight at the Yonkers Armory on Friday night. Allen scored a TKO in :37 of round two on a show presented by O’Shea Boxing.
Undefeated featherweight Raul Hirales Jr (12-0-1, 7KOs) was deducted two points for low blows by referee Pat Russell, but still came away with a split decision win over highly touted featherweight Charles Huerta (16-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, California. Hirales was the busier fighter and prevailed 78-73, 77-74 on two cards, while Huerta was up 77-74 on the third card.
Quick fisted southpaw featherweight Gary Russell Jr (14-0, 9 KOs) won a seven round technical decision over veteran Feider Viloria (23-8-1, 16 KOs). Russell dropped Viloria in round five and the bout was cut short when Viloria suffered a cut over the right eye from an unintentional headbutt in the seventh. Scores were 70-62, 70-62, 69-63.
Unbeaten super middleweight Bastie Samir (9-0, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Loren Myers (7-11-1, 2 KOs).
Anthony Martinez D4 Carlos Musquez (welterweight)
Amaris Quintana W4 Blanca Raymundo (flyweight)
Manuel Robles W4 David Morales (jr welterweight)
By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Former heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola (30-2, 26 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Joey Abell (27-5, 26 KOs) on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, California. The bout was almost immediately waved off by referee Tony Crebs after Arrela staggered Abell with a big right hand. Time was 2:18. Arreola kissed Abell on the cheek as Crebs stepped in.
WBC #8, IBF #10 Josesito Lopez (29-3, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten jr welterweight Mike Dallas Jr (17-1-1, 7 KOs) in a clash for the NABF belt. Lopez overcame vertical cut from an unintentional headbutt and steadily roughed up and broke down Dallas, sending him to the deck as referee Raul Caiz Jr. waved it off. Time was 1:47.
Olympian super middleweight Shawn Estrada (11-0, 10 KOs) destroyed Jon Schmidt (10-2, 6 KOs) in a round one blowout. Estrada dropped Schmidt in the first ten seconds and floored him twice more before the carnage ended. Time was 1:48. For more details and photos click here…
Weights from Tunica, MS
Dominic Wade 167 vs. Brian Norman 167
Morgan Fitch 168 vs. Nathan Bedwell 168
April Ward 150 vs. Lisa Bolin 148
Jonathan Perry 210 vs. Glenn Hayes 209
Orlando Utsey 152 vs. Marquis Jackson 150
Dedrick Bell 149 vs. Josh Williams 151
Venue: Fitz Casino, Tunica, MS
Promoter: Prize Fight
Weights from Verona, NY
Franklin Lawrence 238 vs. Jason Estrada 240
(WBC Caribbean heavyweight title)
Isaac Rodrigues 161 vs. Jose Medina 159
Amanda Serrano 128 vs. Ela Nunez 130
Stephen Scott 151 vs. Martin Wright 151
Latif Mundy 162 vs. Ibahiem King 163
Andy Mejias 168.5 vs. Isaac Atencio 170
Steve Tyne 165 vs. Derrick Evans 167
Venue: Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY
Top prospects Jonathan Vidal (12-0, 8 KOs) and Luis Cosme (6-1, 3 KOs) from Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment will fight on Monday, January 31 at the Palacios De Los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Vidal will fight against Aneuri Matos (3-1, 2 KOs) in an 8 round bout and Luis Cosme will take Gregorio Lebron on in an 6 round bout in the flyweight division. “This is a great opportunity for Jonathan and Luis to go out of Puerto Rico and fight in another country. They are very talented boxers and very hard workers. I have no doubt that they both will have great victories on Monday night,” promoter Héctor Soto from H2 Entertainment said.
The World Boxing Council wants to clarify the title situation of a fight between Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez which is being planned:
“The WBC received a personal request from Golden Boy Promotions regarding the authorization for the bout Morales and Marquez for the WBC lightweight diamond world championship, but we were never told, nor did we announce that such fight was a fact, but it was authorized in the understanding that it is the promotional company’s decision to hold it or not, when and where they decide.
“The WBC simply approves such decision with great pleasure, by virtue of the fact that the bout would be between two Mexican boxers who are considered to be some of the greatest in the history of our country, regardless of Erik Morales having been world champion three times in different divisions and Juan Manuel Marquez also having been world champion in three different weight divisions.
“That the bout is held is not the WBC’s decision or responsibility, but Golden Boy’s as well as a decision to be made by both fighters.”
By Cristian Gutierrez
Why is it that you made an aggressive comment about Amir Khan in the last few days?
Because almost one month after our fight in Las Vegas he is still mentioning me in the news. He said something like I had to come to my senses since I had asked a stupid number to face him at first. What a liar! I just asked what I deserved for a big fight like that. However, some got my comment wrong. I was not trying to push for a rematch with Amir since we all know he will never give it to me. That would be wasting time. And I never said that I had won the fight last December. I’m not a crying dog. I was just fed up with Khan’s kind of comments through which he thinks he rules the industry. I stand for the fighters’ right to earn good purses while Khan only tries to get everything for himself by diminishing his opponents. But let’s move on. (more…)
Photos by Bob Ryder
Devon Alexander 140 vs Tim Bradley 139.5
(WBC/WBO jr welterweight unification)
Bermane Stiverne 238 vs. Kertson Manswell 255
Kendall Holt 143.5 vs. Lenin Arroyo 144
“King” James De La Rosa 150 vs. Allen Conyers 149.5
Vernon Paris 142.5 vs. Emanuel Augustus 140.5
Darryl Cunningham 166.5 vs. Alberto Mercedes 168
Marcus Oliveira 176 vs. Demetrius Jenkins 180.5
Julio Diaz 146 vs. Pavel Miranda 145.5
Julian Williams 156.5 vs. Alan Moore 155
Venue: Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Don King/Thompson Boxing
Due to the fact Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley are both undefeated and world champions, a coin toss was held immediately prior to the Official Weigh-In at the Silverdome in Pontiac this afternoon to determine the order of the ring walks. Alexander won the toss and opted to walk to the ring last. Bradley chose to be introduced inside the ring last.
Gary Shaw Productions and Don King Productions have announced that all members of the military, police, fireman, EMS or any veteran who come to Saturday night’s world championship unification match at the Silverdome, dressed in uniform, will be admitted to for free. One ticket will be given to those mentioned above who arrive in uniform at the designated box office window at the Silverdome on Saturday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets priced from $25 to $400 are still available and can be purchased at the Silverdome box office by calling (248) 338-2500.
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Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer, Top Rank
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr 160 vs. Billy Lyell 160
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Jackie Nava 120.5 vs. Freede Gonzalez 119.5
Michael Medina 160 vs. Saul Roman 160
Adrian Young124 vs. Cristian Martinez 123
Arturo Santos 122 vs. Jose Tamayo 122
Venue: Estadio Banorte, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer and Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca Mexico, Fox Sports
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Marcelino Castillo
Jean Piero Perez 112 vs Jesus Jimenez 112
(WBA Interim flyweight championship)
Victor Terrazas 122 vs Nehomar Cermeño 122
(WBA super bantamweight eliminator)
Venue: Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara
Promoter: Canelo Promotions
World championship boxing returns to the beautiful city of Cartagena, Colombia on February 5 at the Bernardo Caraballo Coliseum on a card billed “Operacion Rescate”. In the main event WBO interim jr. flyweight champion Jesus “El Cuchilla” Geles will face WBO jr. flyweight champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia in a clash scheduled for 12 rounds that will define the WBO jr. flyweight champion. Geles who is a local idol in Cartagena, brings a record of 11-1-1, 5 KOs and Garcia of La Paz, BC, Mexico has credentials of 15-1-1, 8 KOs.
The best Colombian prospect, former Olympian, WBA #4 WBO #10 unbeaten Darley Perez (18-0, 15 KOs) of San Pedro de Uraba, Colombia will face Johnny “El Demoledor” Antequera (12-6, 10 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela in a bout scheduled for ten rounds in the lightweight division. Also former Olympian and teammate Jonathan “Momo” Romero (14-0, 10 KOs) of Cali, Colombia ranked WBO #15 will face his toughest test against former NABF champion Mario “Huracan” Macias (22-6, 10 KOs) of Mexico City in a battle for the WBO Latino jr. featherweight title scheduled for 12 rounds. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight prospect Michael “The Artist” Pérez (11-0, 5 KOs) returns on February 4 to square off against Marcos Herrera (6-3-1, 2 KOs) in the eight round main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” telecast at the Coliseo Félix Méndez Acevedo in his father’s hometown of Lares, Puerto Rico. In the co-featured bout, Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (14-0, 11 KOs) will face Juan Josè Beltrán (24-19-3, 15 KOs) in an eight round junior featherweight showdown. Also in action will be jr middleweight Mikael Zewski (6-0, 4 KOs) and unbeaten hot prospect Eddie Gomez (2-0, 2 KOs), who looks for his third consecutive knockout against Ramón Sánchez (2-8-1).
Knock Out Promotions from Poland won the purse bid for the mandatory fight between champion WBC cruiserweight Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, from Poland and Francisco Palacios, from Puerto Rico. It is now official that the fight will take place on April 2nd in Poland and both fighters must send in a signed contract no later than February 7th. The participants in this auction were Knock Out Promotions, Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions.
Team Khan is extremely disappointed with the recent press release sent out by Paul McCloskey’s promoter, Barry Hearn, accusing Amir Khan of using the Irish fighter to get a cheap title defense.
According to Team Khan, a substantial offer was put to McCloskey’s team that would have seen the Irishman receive up to three times the amount he has ever been paid for a fight. McCloskey’s promoter asked for a purse over five times the amount he has ever received. Every time Team Khan believed that they were close to agreeing terms with McCloskey, his team would move the goalposts and ultimately their demands were rejected as being unrealistic. (more…)
Coy Evans 125 vs. Felipe Almanza 125
Tommie Spell 164 vs. Jameel Wilson 166
Tim Witherspoon Jr. 140.5 vs. Kywame Hill 143
Miguel Corcino 146.5 vs. Rashad Bogar 145.5
Venroy July 196 vs. John Broken Rope 194
Georgiy Guralnik 210 vs. Michael Davis 191.5
Amir Shabazz 174.5 vs. Phillip Hannah 193
Rashad Brown 160 vs. Terrell Boggs TBA
Venue: National Guard Armory
Promoter: Power Productions (Greg Robinson)
First bell: 7:30 PM
This Saturday, January 29, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, popular multiple-time world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (72-6-3, 44 KOs) will present the trophy to the winners of Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Turf horse race on behalf of San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. The former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion will also be available to meet fans and sign autographs. (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook
Local middleweight favorite Quinton Willis (6-1-1, 3 KOs) takes on “Silky” Wilky Campfort (6-1-0, 4 KOs) in a match-up of Florida prospects. Willis is looking to reverse his fortune at the Tampa Westshore DoubleTree Hotel, as he is coming off two less than stellar performances. Willis’s last match ended in a majority decision win over a 2-8 fighter, and he lost the match prior to that. “Silky” Wilky has won five in a row, and looks to continue his winning ways over Willis. (more…)
DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series returns on February 9 to the B.B. King Blues Club in the heart of Times Square in New York City. The card will feature popular unbeaten jr welterweight Gabriel Bracero (13-0, 1 KO) and unbeaten light heavyweight Mark Tucker (14-0, 7 KOs) in separate bouts. Opponents will be named.
By Ron Jackson
One of the legends of the South African ring Nkosana “Happyboy’ Mgxaji passed away in Durban on Thursday. He was 61. Happyboy was probably the best of the many outstanding fighters from the Eastern Cape. He was certainly one of the best South African boxers who never won a world title. Mgxaji had lost only once in 73 fights when, at the age of 30, he challenged Samuel Serrano of Puerto Rico for the WBA junior lightweight title. (more…)
Photo: Michael Lopez
Today former world title challenger Rey ‘Boom Boom’ Bautista (29-2, 22 KOs) of the Philippines weighed in at 124 pounds and his opponent Alejandro Barrera (21-4, 14 KOs) of Mexico 125 1/2 pounds in Cebu City, Philippines. The weight will limit for the 10 round main event rematch is the featherweight limit of 126 pounds. The bout will take place this Saturday in Cebu City at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino and be promoted by ALA Boxing Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Roberto Ramirez will be the third man in the ring when Mexican challenger Jesus Jimenez (31-6, 22 KOs) and Venezuelan challenger Jean Piero Perez (17-3-1, 13 KOs) meet at Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara, Jalisco on Saturday for the vacant WBA interim flyweight title. The three judges are Gustavo Padilla (Panama), Uriel Aguilera (Colombia) and Carla Caiz (U.S). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panama).
2010 was supposed to be the biggest year in sports for the name, Cowboy. In Dallas, NFL owner Jerry Jones, who is the pied piper of the name, built a stadium so large that the world had to bow down to Cowboy blue. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you talk to) although the stadium will host the 2011 Super Bowl, his ‘boys will not do battle within it on that February day . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) spoke to Fightnews.com about his upcoming fight against WBC middleweight champion emeritus Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) on March 12 at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The winner will get the WBC Diamond belt.
Camp Location: Preparation for the fight goes as we had planned, in Los Angeles. I am in training camp the second week. I’m working with a new trainer – James (Buddy) McGirt. He is an excellent trainer who has trained boxers like Antonio Tarver, Arturo Gatti, Nate Campbell, Vernon Forrest and Paul Malignaggi. In the past he was a great champion and in working with him I’ve received a lot that is useful to myself. He knows how to win big fights and Buddy will help me get recognition in America. Before this time I trained in Kiev, Ukraine. I’ve adapted to the time zones perfectly. I feel good. (more…)
By Peter Lim at ringside
Photo: Peter Lim
Featherweight Miguel Flores, 8-0 ( 5 KOs), returned from a six-month layoff due to a knuckle injury to stop previously undefeated Rheno Nieto, 2-1 (2 KOs), in the fourth round at the Houston Club. Flores, 18, mercilessly zeroed in on the torso with left hooks and straight rights from the opening bell, while Nieto, 21, ferociously returned fire with both fists. Seconds before the end of the first round, Nieto caught Flores with a right to the head that stopped him in his tracks. A crunching left hook to the ribcage dropped Nieto to a knee in the second round. Nieto beat the count, and although visibly still hurt, he gamely fought Flores off and survived the round. Flores continued to viciously pummel to the body in the third, and by the fourth Nieto was completely depleted and fighting on guts alone. After two more knockdowns courtesy of body punches, referee Gary Simon mercifully called a halt to the bout. The fight was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen, Reynaldo Sanchez
Walk into the Heavyweight Factory gym in Hollywood FL. and you will see the words BLOOD, SWEAT, NO FEAR inked in large block letters along the north interior wall. Today that motto appears especially appropriate with the ongoing training camp of WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Angel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs).
Miguel is a boxer with the heart of a warrior. His epic battles against the best of the junior welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight divisions prove he leaves his all in the ring.
He leaves a lot of his heart with people outside the ring too. That’s because Cotto spends his time, energy and resources helping his fellow Puerto Ricans through two organizations. The first is “Miguel Cotto Promotions”: a boxing promotional joint venture with Héctor Soto and H2 Entertainment. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a poor excuse for a “world” title fight Gideon Buthelezi won the IBO junior flyweight belt when he beat Hekkie Budler on a split decision at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Thursday night. Judges Ace Makaluza (SA) and Matteo Montella (Italy) scored it 118-114 and 115-113 for Buthelezi and judge Lulama Mtya (SA) had it 117-113 for Budler. (more…)
Over 10,000 fans are expected for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs. Billy Lyell showdown at the Banorte Soccer Stadium here in Culiacan. Advance sales have been very strong. Hundreds of fans have watched Chavez Jr and Lyell at their workouts during the week. Freddie Roach, chief trainer of Chavez Jr., has taken pictures with fight fans and has signed hundreds of autographs.
The Top Rank Live! broadcast will begin 9:30 pm eastern with a preview show on Fox DePortes. The opening bout will be Saul Roman of Culiacan against Michael Medina of Monterrey, Mexico. Chavez Jr., 41-0-1, of Culiacan will defend his WBC Silver Middleweight title belt against Lyell, 22-8-0, of Youngstown, Ohio.
Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images
David Diaz 137.5 vs. Robert Frankel 136
Andrzej Fonfara 175 vs. Adam Jaco 173
Jaime Herrera 146 vs. Alex DeLeon 145
Genaro Mendez 139 vs. Keandre Gibson 140
Anton Novikov 149 vs. Dashon Johnson 150
Achour Esho 148 vs. Corey Rodriguez 148
Ramiro Carrillo 141.5 vs. Clifford McPherson 143
Aslanbek Kozaev 142.5 vs. Hector Alatorre 142
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Doors 7pm, First Bell 8pm
Photo credit: Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor
Chris Arreola 249.6 vs. Joey Abell 236.6
Mike Dallas Jr 139.8 vs. Josesito Lopez 140
Shawn Estrada 167 vs. Jon Schmidt 161.6
Joseph Elegele 142.8 vs. Manuel Aguilar 140.2
Matthew Villanueva 114.8 vs. Jose Luis Cardenas 115
Kevin Hoskins 129.2 vs. Ramon Flores 129.2
Venue: Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing
The final press conference for “The Super Fight” featuring undefeated 140-pound world champions Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs), from North Palm Springs, Calif., and Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-0, 13 KOs), from St. Louis, was held Thursday at the Motor City Casino in Detroit. This world championship unification match will take place on Saturday at the Silverdome in Pontiac. (more…)
Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley’s final press conference on Thursday at the Motor City Casino in Detroit. Alexander fights Bradley in a world jr. welterweight unification bout at the SIlverdome in Pontiac, Michigan on Saturday.
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