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By Nick Giongco
The heavy-handed Colombian puncher who sent Filipino Z Gorres to retirement is arriving in the Philippines this Wednesday in time for his 10-round bantamweight battle with Michael Domingo at the Waterfront hotel in Cebu this Saturday night. Luis Melendez, who will be accompanied by two others, will begin their journey in Baranquilla, then onwards to the capital of Bogota and to Paris for a connecting flight to Hong Kong. From Hong Kong, Melendez will fly directly to Cebu, according to Cebu boxing patron Tony Aldeguer in an interview with Fightnews on Sunday afternoon. “Melendez is familiar to Filipino boxing fans because of his unforgettable fight with Gorres,” said Aldeguer, stressing that traumatic experience Gorres had with Melendez when they fought on Nov. 13, 2009 in Las Vegas. (more…)
In what was billed as a “final WBC featherweight title eliminator,” former WBO bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (44-7, 38 KOs) scored a second round TKO over unrated Jean “Evengelista” Sotelo (22-8-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Domo Del Mar in the resort town of Ciudad Del Carmen on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Gonzalez is now in line to challenge champion Elio Rojas.
Hot, young, prospect Roberto Marroquin gets his picture with the always exciting world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce after Marroquin knocked out rugged Arturo Camargo in the second round on the Top Rank Live card in Los Mochis, Mexico Saturday night.
Rudy Markussen (34-2, 21 KOs) celebrated a successful ring return on Saturday night in Herning when he stopped Christophe Karagoz in the sixth round of the newly-created TV 2 Fight Night series. The “Hardhitter” was off to a flying start, knocking his opponent down in the first round with a body shot. He was in control throughout, cleverly firing in power punches to body and head. In the sixth, he dusted his opponent with a right and then again with a one-two combination. When Karagoz was in trouble again, the referee waved the bout off. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former New Zealand heavyweight champion George Mahoni has recently passed away at the age of 72 in Tonga after living several years in the USA. The 5’8 Mahoni started his professional career in 1958 with a knockout in ten rounds over Joveci Bau in Fiji. Known as the “Niumaefolu Mohini ” George scored wins over Australians Ernie Bull Hughes via decision in twelve and technical knockout in six over Alec Ross in 1959 (more…)
Photos: Venganza Gloria
In a much anticipated rematch, Orlando “Siri” Salido (34-10, 22 KOs) won the IBF featherweight belt by dethroning champion Cristóbal “Lacandón” Cruz (39-12-2, 23 KOs) via unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Tomás Oroz Gaytán Stadium in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. For more details and photos click here…
Longtime WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvarez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina stepped up a weight class to defeat #1 rated Everth Briceno (32-5-1, 26 KOs) of Nicaragua by unanimous decision, winning the vacant WBO super flyweight title on Saturday night at the famous Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aries, Argentina. (more…)
By John Robbins (Fightnews Canada) at ringside
Proceeding were stopped early at the PowerAde Centre in Brampton Ontario as things were turned over to the judges’ scorecards after four rounds of boxing for the vacant NABA bantamweight title due to cut on the nose of hometown fighter Andrew Kooner. The decision went to Jose Silveira of Mexico by scores of 39-37, 39-37 and 38-38. (more…)
Photos by Top Rank/Zanfer
WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (52-7-2, 32 KOs) successfully defended his title against challenger Ricardo ‘Pelon’ Dominguez (31-6-2, 19 KOs), winning a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 117-112. The clash had local as well as worldwide significance as Soto hails from Los Mochis and Dominguez is from nearby Culiacan. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) punished former IBF champion and currently WBA #3 rated Paulie Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KOs) for eleven rounds on Saturday night in The Theater at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. Khan won every round in a one-sided beating, but although outgunned, the game Malignaggi battled on until referee Steve Smoger made a mercy stoppage in the eleventh. Time was 1:25.
In an important collision of super lightweight contenders, WBA #2/WBO #4/IBF #6 Victor Ortiz (27-2-1, 21 KOs) took a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over 38-year-old former lightweight world champion and current WBO #2/WBA #4/IBF #11 Nate Campbell (33-6-1, 25 KOs). Ortiz was credited with a questionable knockdown in round one, but he didn’t need the extra help as he pounded out a clear ten round unanimous decision. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 99-90. For more details and photos click here…
Anthony Marcial (17-1, 15 KOs) stopped fellow Filipino countryman Dante Paulino (14-10-2, 10 KOs) by way of 4th round TKO in their lightweight main event on Saturday night. Marcial won the vacant WBO Oriental lightweight title with the win. The bout took place at the Wilfredo Cabalse Sports Complex in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. Samson Gello-ani SGG Sports Promotions promoted the event.
By Karl Freitag
In a clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title, WBC #1 rated Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (43-2-1, 32 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over WBC #2 Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-3-1, 10 KOs) to claim the belt formerly held by Zsolt Erdei on Saturday night at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. The Polish star Wlodarczyk dropped the 40-year-old Fragomeni with a big right hand at the end of round six, but the rugged Italian showed no lingering effects in the following round. However, in round eight Wlodarczyk jumped all over Fragomeni and dropped him again. Referee Frank Garza then waved off the fight. The two had battled to a disputed draw one year ago. (more…)
After winning an emergency injunction this afternoon over a rival promoter and one of his fighters that was attempting to participate tonight in an MMA match in Fayetteville, N.C., Don King had one last hurdle to clear: Florida state law required him to post a bond that Broward County Circuit Court Judge Marc H. Gold determined at $1 million. And he had to do it within two hours. With most businesses that would help him conduct a transaction of this magnitude not operating on a Saturday, King departed the Ft. Lauderdale courthouse and returned prior to the deadline to present the judge with two duffel bags containing $1 million in cash to fulfill his obligation to the court. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Australian WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (27-2, 22 KOs) scored a punishing third round TKO over previously unbeaten and #1 rated Kevin Mitchell (31-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night outdoors before a large disappointed crowd at the Upton Park soccer stadium in London. Katsidis rocked the hometown hero Mitchell early in round three and after a furious follow up barrage the bout was waved off by referee Dave Perris. Time was 1:57.
Unbeaten heavyweight Derek Chisora (13-0, 8 KOs) ended the career of former heavyweight title challenger Danny Williams (41-9, 31 KOs), scoring a second round TKO to claim Williams’ British belt. Williams, best known for his 2004 shock KO of Mike Tyson, had said this was his last fight win or lose.
James DeGale TKO5 Sam Horton (super middleweight)
Frankie Gavin TKO1 Gavin Tait (jr welterweight)
Billy Joe Saunders W6 Andy Butlin (super middleweight)
By Karl Freitag
WBA #12 middleweight Andy Lee (21-1, 15 KOs) scored a second round TKO over former Euro champ Mamadou Thiam (46-9, 43 KOs) on Saturday night at the University Arena in Limerick, Ireland. Lee was in command until Thiam suffered a back injury and could not come out for round three.
Heavyweight Mike Perez moved to 10-0 with 8 KOs after winning two fights on the same card. First Perez needed just 48 seconds to destroy Edgar Kalners (21-23) then he returned later to TKO no-hoper Tomas Mrazek (4-28-5) in round three.
Super middleweight Luis Garcia (6-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Alexander Sipos (19-10-2, 9 KOs) over six by a score of 60-54.
Light heavyweight John Waldron (5-2, 2 KOs) surprised Jamie Power (7-2, 4 KOs) to win the vacant Irish title by a score of 97-91.
After hearing eight hours of testimony over two days in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Broward County Circuit Court Judge Marc H. Gold today granted Don King Productions’ request for an injunction preventing Ricardo Mayorga from appearing tonight on an MMA card tonight in Fayetteville, NC. Mayorga is in Fayetteville and the MMA promoter has issued a press release stating the bout will go on as scheduled despite “Don King and a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo.” However, Gold warned from the bench, “If my orders are disobeyed, there will be serious sanctions from this court.” The judge is requiring DKP to post a $1,000,000 bond today for the order to stick.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former two-time world title challenger Hermann Ngoudjo suffered more than just a defeat at the hands of Julio Diaz in Primm Nevada Friday night; the super-lightweight contender suffered both a broken jaw and broken orbital bone that required medical attention following the fight. “He didn’t complain at all during the fight and we’re not quite sure when it happened,” said trainer Marc Ramsay who saw his fighter go down to Diaz by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 99-91 on the scorecards. “It was only a half-hour after the fight that he started mentioning the pain and we had him checked out. The jaw is not that bad but the orbital is the more serious of the two.” It is possible that the fateful blow was delivered in the 9th, a left hand that sent Ngoudjo back into the ropes and had him hanging on for the only time in the fight. (more…)
In the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz easily outpointed Herman Ngoudjo and took home a unanimous decision victory in their ten-round junior welterweight bout at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev.
The former champion, who has fought the likes of Juan Diaz and Jose Luis Castillo, proved that he still has some fight left in him after losing both of his 2009 fights against Victor Cayo and Rolando Reyes . . . click here for more
Entering the Boxing Writers Association of America annual writing contest (a.k.a. the “Barneys) for the first time, Fightnews.com received an honorable mention. In event coverage, writer/photographer Chris Cozzone picked up the honors with “Run, Rabbit, Run” – coverage of Holly Holm vs. Victoria Cisneros, held at Isleta in Albuquerque, N.M. (Click here)
Veteran Associated Press writer Tim Dahlberg took top honors; he was the only winner of two first places as well as the only person to place among the top three in three of the six categories. (more…)
The bitter rivalry between former UFC® light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans can no longer be contained inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. UFC officials announced today that on the heels of a sold out UFC 114, a closed circuit viewing event has been added at the MGM Grand Conference Center to give fans the opportunity to witness one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBO junior middleweight champ Sergiy Dzinziruk made the fifth defense of his title look easy with a dominating 10th round TKO of previously once-beaten challenger Daniel Dawson in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday night on SHOWTIME from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. “My plan was to use the jab to make him tired and then go to the other punches,” Dzinziruk said. “We saw some tapes of him and knew the early rounds would be tough. Our plan was to apply more pressure in the later rounds and finish him. We’d had a long layoff and we wanted to take it easy in the beginning.” For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based Nigerian welterweight Oywale Omotoso (17-0, 15 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round knockout over former 2008 world WBF junior middleweight champion Kiatchai Singwancha (29-8, 19 KOs) on Friday at the Knox Netball Center, Ferntree Gully in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Singwancha boxed skillfully in round one to avoid the power shots of Omotoso but in round four a right hand bomb dropped the Thai boxer and referee Tony Marretta crowned Omotoso at 0.35. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Macbute Sinyabi had to come back from a knockdown in the second round before he stopped gutsy challenger Themba Lesiba in the sixth to retain his South African junior featherweight title at the Nasrec Expo Centre near Johannesburg on Friday night. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In a very one-sided bout, unbeaten WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 24 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over late sub Daniel Dawson (34-2, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Making his US debut, southpaw Dzinziruk demonstrated a stiff jab that dictated the pace. He didn’t look like a fighter who had been out of action for 18 months, as he never let Dawson into the fight. The mismatch was waved off by referee Jose Cobian to save Dawson from further punishment at 2:12 of the tenth.
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Vernon Paris (21-0, 14 KOs) had all he could handle in winning an eight round split decision over rugged late sub Juan Santiago (12-4-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 76-75, 76-75 for Paris, 77-74 for Paris. Referee David Mendoza took a point from Paris for a low blow in round one. (more…)
Unheralded hand-picked journeyman Saul “Baby” Duran (37-16-2, 30 KOs) stunned five-time former world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho Sr. (79-6-3, 38 KOs) by taking ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Duran, who came in a loser in 8 of his last 10 fights, was the aggressor and simply outworked “The Macho Man.” Camacho, who turns 48 this month, mostly clinched and was completely unable to get untracked.
In the co-feature, female junior featherweight Jenna Shiver (11-4-1, 2 KOs) won a six round decision over Liliana Martinez, (8-10, 5 KOs).
Unbeaten lightweight Adrien Broner (15-0, 12 KOs) destroyed Rafael Lora (11-3, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NYC. Broner floored Lora at the bell to end round one.
In a clash of unbeaten lightweights, Mike Perez (8-0, 3 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Francisco Reyes (5-1, 2 KOs). Perez dropped Reyes in rounds two and six, busting him up along the way. Scores were 60-52, 59-53 and 59-53.
Female super featherweight Maureen Shea (14-2, 8 KOs) used Norma Faris (3-3) as a punching bag. The bout was stopped at 1:59 of round three because Faris was not punching back. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz (37-6, 26 KOs) showed he still has it by winning a ten round unanimous decision over Herman Ngoudjo (18-4, 10 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout on Friday night at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV. Scores were 97-93, 97-93 and 99-91. Having lost his last two fights, against Victor Cayo (7-31-2009) and Rolando Reyes (4-4-2009), Julio Diaz is seeking redemption in 2010 and beating a recognized name like Ngoudjo is a good start.
Junior lightweight Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Guillermo Sanchez (11-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 78-74, 77-75. (more…)
Super bantamweight Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (22-2-2, 18 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over comebacking former contender Cuauhtemoc Vargas (16-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Ruiz retained his WBC Latin belt with the win. It was Vargas’ first fight since January 2007.
Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 196.8 vs. Giacobbe Fragomeni 197.7
(Vacant WBC cruiserweight world title)
Damian Jonak 154.9 vs. Turgay Uzun 154.7
Lukasz Janik 198.6 vs. Michele De Meo 196.2
Krzysztof Cieslak 132.4 vs. Felix Lora 141.9
Andrzej Wawrzyk 228.1 vs. Paul Butlin 239.2
Maciej Miszkin 177.6 vs. Amir Hacimuradov 168.6
Venue: Atlas Arena, Lodz, Poland
Promoter: Bullit Knock Out Promotion
By Mark Vaz
Five-time world champion and Future Hall-of-Famer Hector “Macho” Camacho returns to the ring tonight at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida for the first fight of his farewell world tour. The living legend will not only enter the ring tonight as a fighter but also as a promoter. Teamed with Jerry Reyes and Eddie Montalvo, the “Macho Man” will pit his remarkable record of 79-5-3 with 38 knockouts against the tough, hard punching Saul “Baby” Duran (36-16-2, 30 KOs). (more…)
Orlando Salido 125.8 vs. Cristobal Cruz 125.8
Noé Bolaños 136.6 vs. Edgar Bárcenas 134.4
Sergio Torres 134.4 vs. Fernando García 135.8
David López 159.8 vs. Roberto Valenzuela 157.6
Daniel Rosas 119 vs. Carlos Jacobo 119
David Sánchez 119 vs. Abraham Rubio 120.5
Venue: Tomás Oroz Gaytán Stadium, Ciudad Obregón, Sonora
Promoter: Venganza y Gloria
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Three-time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera is training at Barrera’s Gym in Guadalajara, Mexico to wire in for his upcoming fight on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, June 26. “This will be my first time fighting for Top Rank,” Barrera said today from Mexico. “I am very happy for this as I have one more goal. I want to be the first Mexican champion to win world titles in four weight classes.”
Barrera said he will campaign as a lightweight. He will take on Adilton DeJesus of Bahia, Brazil in a 10 round bout on June 26. Barrera has a record of 68-7 with 43 knockouts. DeJesus is 25-4 with 20 knockouts. (more…)
Kevin Mitchell 134.5 vs Michael Katsidis 134.3
(WBO interim lightweight championship)
Venue: Upton Park, West Ham, London, United Kingdom
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: Sky UK
Former IBF champion Paulie Malignaggi and WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan got in each other’s face at Friday’s weigh-in for their 12-rounder on Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A scuffle broke out after the fighters began pushing. Both made weight.
Amir Khan 139.5 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 139
Nate Campbell 139 vs. Victor Ortiz 140
Daniel Jacobs 160 vs. Juan Astorga 164.5
Tor Hamer 230 vs. Kelvin Price 243
Breidis Prescott 140.5 vs. Jason Davis 144.5
Jamie Kavanagh 139.5 vs. William Ware 141
Dennis Douglin 156 vs. Joshua Onyango 157
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