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Renown boxing judge and HBO analyst Harold Lederman will be the special guest speaker Tuesday evening (Nov. 15) for RING 8’s monthly meeting (7 PM/ET start) at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. Lederman, who hails from the Bronx, was an International judge (1967-1989) who worked more than 100 world title fights. Today, he plays a key role as HBO’s World Championship Boxing judge analyst.
A graduate of Columbia University, the popular and recognizable Lederman was the 2006 “Good Guys Award” winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He is a World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee and this March, it was recently announced, he will also be inducted into New York State Boxing Hall of Fame inaugural class. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
After eight rounds, Saturday’s clash between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez was tied 76-76 on the cards of judges Robert Hoyle and Dave Moretti, with Glenn Trowbridge having Pacman ahead 77-75. Down the stretch, Hoyle (114-114) awarded both fighters two rounds, while Moretti (115-113) and Trowbridge (116-112) scored three of the last four rounds for Pacquiao. Marquez may have eased up slightly toward the finish after being assured by his corner that he was ahead in the bout. Click here to see the official Nevada State Athletic Commission master scorecard.
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Three epic fights and you would think we would have a clear winner in one of the most closely contested trilogies in the history of boxing.
Sorry folks, 36 rounds and we still don’t know who the definitive winner between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is. What we do know is that Juan Manuel Marquez absolutely cannot catch a break from the judges . . . Click here for more
Official CompuBox PunchStats... PACQUIAO MARQUEZ 578 TOTAL PUNCHES THROWN 436 176 TOTAL PUNCHES CONNECTED 138 30% PERCENTAGE CONNECTED 32% 304 JABS THROWN 182 59 JABS CONNECTED 38 19% PERCENTAGE CONNECTED 21% 274 POWER PUNCHES THROWN 254 117 POWER PUNCHES CONNECTED 100 43% PERCENTAGE CONNECTED 39% 14 AVG. LANDED PER ROUND 11 49 AVG. THROWN PER ROUND 36
A dejected Juan Manuel Marquez walked into the MGM conference room after a scene that was all too familiar to the proud Mexican champion. Another twelve rounds with Manny Pacquiao and another decision that didn’t go his way. For Marquez, this was the Mexican painting a beautiful portrait only to see it thrown in the trash yet again by the judges. This time, there was an overwhelming air in the MGM Grand Garden Arena that Marquez would finally even the score. But after being an overwhelming underdog who executed a brilliant game plan that featured effective counterpunching that gave Pacquiao fits, Marquez had to listen to the judges’ scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112 to once again give Pacquiao the decision. Marquez is understandably sick of the same story being played out and uttered a statement to the media that was shocking but perhaps made perfect sense to a man who did all he could to see the rug pulled from under him again . . . Click here for more
Former WBA super middleweight Dimitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KOs) returned six months after a serious knee injury to win a majority decision over very mobile journeyman Arturs Kulikauskis (7-11-2, 4 KOs) by surprising scores of 79-77, 78-77 and 77-77 at the Bulle de Gerardchamps in Verviers, Belgium. “The opponent was perfect for me as he knew that after the surgery I wasn’t so nimble on my feet,” said Sartison. “He tried to stay away from me.” In the last three rounds, the ex-champ was able to catch Kulikauskas on the ropes and land clean punches.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
It was as big of a big fight atomosphere as you could ask for. The challenger, Junior dos Santos played the heel for the night. “Cigano” was resoundly booed while walking out to the Rocky theme song.
The champion, Cain Velasquez was greeted to a heroes welcome by the pro-champion crowd.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photo: Chris Cozzone
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) won a close twelve round majority decision over nemesis and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Márquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Tactical early rounds, but things heated up in the fourth. Good round for Marquez in the fifth. Most rounds very close with both fighters having their moments, just like the first two fights. Pacman suffered a vertical cut over the right eye in the tenth from an unintentional headbutt. The last two rounds were close.
In the end scores were 114-114, 115-113, 116-112. The Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy now stands at 2-0-1 for Pacman. more photos
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
Unbeaten WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) scored a workmanlike eighth round TKO over former two-division world champion Joel Casamayor (38-6-1, 22 KOs). Bradley was in command the whole way against the 40-year-old Casamayor, who was deducted a point for holding in round four by referee Vic Drakulich. Bradley dropped Casamayor with a body shot in the fifth. Casamayor was on the canvas again in the sixth and for a third time at the end of the eighth when cornerman Miguel Diaz said ‘no more.’ Time was 2:59. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
The Philippines’ Dennis Laurente (41-4-5, 22 KOs) ended seven rounds of a relatively dull fight and lowered the boom on Ayi Bruce (20-5, 12 KOs) with a devastating straight left that KOed Bruce in their scheduled eight round welterweight affair. Laurente was the aggressor throughout as Bruce couldn’t seem to muster up much offense. But a straight left ended all of that as Bruce crumbled to the canvas and remained there as referee Robert Byrd counted to 10. Time of stoppage was :57.
Rising prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. put some more rounds in the bank as he scored a one-sided unanimous decision against Samuel Santana. Benavidez (14-0, 12 KOs) scored two knockdowns in the first round, another in the second with a blistering body shot and dropped Santana (4-5) yet again in the fourth. All three judges saw the fight 60-50.
Victor Pasillas made his professional debut a successful one as he outpointed winless Jose Garcia (0-4) and cruised to a unanimous decision. All three scores were 40-36.
In the evening’s opening bout, Fernando Lumacad (25-3-3) earned a unanimous decision victory over Joseph Rios (10-6-2). It was closely contested battle but knockdowns in the 2nd and 5th round proved to be the difference as judges saw the fight 77-73, 77-74 and 78-72.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA International champion and #2 WBA-ranked cruiserweight Paweł Kołodziej (29-0, 17 KOs) didn’t even break a sweat when he knocked out Argentina’s Mauro Ordiales (26-9, 24 KOs) in round two of the main event of the “Wojak Boxing Night” event on Saturday in Gdynia, Poland. Kołodziej controlled the fight from the opening bell with his jab, finishing the fight just as he promised – by KO in the second round. Ordiales went down for the first time after precise left hook, and just seconds later he was down again after Kołodziej’s powerful right hand. Ordiales still wanted to fight, but his corner did not agree with his opinion, throwing in the towel and ending this one-sided battle.
City of Gdynia was not a very hospitable place for Argentinean fighters as in the co-main event heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (24-0, 13 KOs), also in the second round, delivered a series of heavy blows to the head of Nelson Dario Dominguez (11-1, 5 KOs), and just like his colleague from “12 Round KnockOut Promotions,” defended his WBA International and WBC Baltic title by KO.
By Dave Spencer
Unbeaten British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a wild and exciting third round TKO over previously unbeaten Canadian champion Neven Pajkic (16-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at Event City in Manchester, England. Pajkic had a big round two, flooring the 6’9 Fury with a big right hand and hammering him for the balance of the round. Fury turned the tables in the third, dropping Pajkic twice and the bout was waved off by referee Phil Edwards. Time was 2:44. Pajkic seemed to be clear-headed and complained bitterly about the stoppage. (more…)
Unbeaten Commonwealth welterweight titlist Denton Vassell (19-0, 9 KOs) outpointed Samuel Colomban (20-3, 10 KOs) over twelve rounds to retain his belt on Saturday night at the Sports Centre in Oldham, England. Scores were 117-112, 116-112, 116-112. The card was promoted by Ricky Hatton’s Hatton Promotions.
By Graham Houston
The boxing world hopes for a sense of finality, a definitive conclusion, when welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao meets his bitterest rival, Juan Manuel, Marquez, on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Twice these proud warriors of the ring have fought down to the wire in compelling 12-round fights. Pacquiao has scored four knockdowns over Marquez, but the durable and accomplished Mexican veteran scored with such efficiency that an argument can be made that he was twice unlucky against Pacquiao — a draw and a heart-breaking one-point defeat.
Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, tells me he expects Pacquiao to get Marquez out of the fight inside six rounds. This, to me, is highly unlikely, but I do think that the Filipino powerhouse can win before the final bell rings. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Three-time world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-4, 27 KOs) says he’ll be taking on the best cruiserweight in the world when he challenges WBC cruiserweight king Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 35 KOs) of Poland for the WBC world cruiserweight title at Challenge Stadium in Perth Australia on November 30th.
“Wlodarczyk is probably the best cruiserweight in the world now that Steve Cunningham has lost his world title, so you have to say this guy is the best,” Green said. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated Chad “Hollywood” Bennett (27-4-3, 18 KOs) was impressive in scoring a six round stoppage of Decho Kokietgym (33-15-2, 22 KOs) of a scheduled twelve round light welterweight bout at the Panthers club in Newcastle, New South Wales Australia on Friday. Bennett started the contest in top gear and continually connected with accurate combinations from the opening round. In round two, the 5’7 Kokietgym was dropped by a perfectly executed left rip to the midsection but the import recovered well to finish the round swapping blows with the 5’9 Australian. Referee Brad Griffiths crowned Bennett the winner at 2:58 of round six after Kokietgym was on the canvas three times from power right hand shots to the head. (more…)
Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.
We’re less than 24-hours away from the biggest fight in UFC history. UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez will take on Junior dos Santos in the promotion’s big debut on network television. The implications go far beyond who the champ will be Sunday morning. A fight worthy of Monday morning water cooler conversation will send the UFC—and by extension, MMA—into the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian light heavyweight Manny Vlamis (11-2, 8 KOs) scored the best win of his career when he stopped WBA #11 Joel Casey (14-9-3, 9 KOs) in round ten at Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Casey in control in the early rounds as he kept the shorter Vlamis off balance with accurate right jabs. The aggressive Vlamis found the range for his power shots in the later rounds and in round ten referee Malcolm Bulner crowned Vlamis the winner at 2:20 after Casey had been on the canvas from a solid combination. (more…)
Report and photo by Jesse Kelley at ringside
Super middleweight Matt “The Predator” Vanda knocked out Harley Kilfian in round three Friday night at the Armory in Saint Paul, MN. Vanda landed a hard right followed by a left hook to the head that dropped Kilfian for the count :29 seconds into the third round. Kilfian came to bang though as he went down guns blazing. After taking a few minutes to solve the height and reach disadvantage however, Vanda brought the fight to the inside and never took his foot of the gas until the stoppage. Vanda moves to (43-13, 24 KOs) while Kilfian drops to (9-8, 8 KOs). (more…)
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