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By Shamus Young at ringside
Super middleweight Kingsley “Sharp Knuckles” Ikeke (26-3, 14 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Mark “The Machine Gun” Woolnough (19-5, 6 KOs) to claim the NABA 168lb title on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen in Tacoma, Washington. Woolnough pressured Ikeke, and outworked him in most every round, but it was Ikeke landing the harder punches. In the end, judges scores it 96-94, 96-94 for Ikeke and 97-93 for Woolnough. Fightnews had it 95-95.
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Octagonside by Andreas Hale
In a battle of the two most inspirational heavyweights in MMA history Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira defeated Randy “The Natural” Couture via unanimous decision. The first round saw Nogueira nearly finish the fight with a choke until Couture worked out of the hold. Round two witnessed Nogueria control his opponent from the top position and the final round was highlighted by Couture being sent to the canvas from a hard “Minotauro” right hand. The official scorecards read 30-27 twice and 29-28 in favor of the former PrideFC and UFC heavyweight champion Nogueira.
The once beaten Thiago Silva returned to his winning ways by knocking out Keith Jardine with a left hook. The light heavyweight contest was waved off at 1:35 of the first round. (more…)
IBF #6, WBC #7, WBO #13, WBA #14 welterweight Jesus Soto-Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Edvan Dos Barros (10-7-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Quik Trip Park in Grande Prairie, Texas. Scores were 97-93, 100-90, 99-91. Soto-Karass may now be headed into a collision with former world title challenger Alfonso Gomez on the Pacquiao-Cotto card.
Unbeaten featherweight Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia moved to 18-0, 15 KOs with a seventh round TKO over Carlos Rivera (16-4-2, 5 KOs). Garcia dropped Rivera in round five with a body shot and the bout was stopped two rounds later due to a cut suffered by Rivera. Time was :40.
Featherweight Jerry Belmontes (8-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Tommy Atencio (4-2, 2 KOs) over four by scores of 39-37 on all cards.
By Antonio Castro at ringside
Hector Camacho Jr (49-3-1, 27 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-10, 28 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC CABOFE light middleweight title on Saturday night at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. When the bout was fought in the center of the ring, Camacho had the advantage, however Cardona was often able maneuver Camacho to the ropes where the action was more heated. In the end, Camacho won 94-93, 95-92, 95-92. “Machito” may next be headed to a showdown with Yory Boy Campas.
Light heavyweight Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson (11-1, 3 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Billy “The Billy Goat” Bailey (9-5, 3 KOs). Johnson dropped Bailey with a right hand in round three and cruised to a one-sided 100-89, 100-89, 99-90 win. With the win, Johnson picked up the WBC USNBC light heavyweight title.
Welterweight Marvin Cordova (21-1-1, 11 KOs) pounded out an eight round unanimous decision over Ernest Johnson (18-4-1, 7 KOs). Score were 77-75, 79-73, 79-73.
Abel Perry W6 Jay Krupp (welterweight)
Dante Moore KO2 Silus Ortley (jr middleweight)
Julius Leegrand W4 Norman Allen (lightweight)
Unbeaten super middleweight star Fernando Guerrero (15-0, 13 KOs) massacred Chris Archer (11-9, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Guerrero battered Archer from the opening bell, flooring Archer with body shots in both rounds one and two. Guerrero sent Archer down again in the third with a further body assault and referee Randy Phillips waved it off moments later. Time was 2:15.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Shawn Porter (10-0, 8 KOs) demolished Lamar Harris (6-3, 4 KOs), dropping Harris three times before the bout was stopped at 2:18 of round one.
Unbeaten middleweight Dominic Wade (4-0, 4 KOs) blitzed Tyrone Dowdy (4-20, 3 KOs) in less than a round. Dowdy’s corner threw in the towel just as he was floored after 2:25 of punishment.
In his first fight under the Prize Fight Boxing banner, heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (26-1, 18 KOs) annihilated late sub Willie Perryman (10-20, 7 KOs). In round two, Witherspoon dropped Perryman, got a standing eight round in his follow up barrage, then dropped Perryman again to end it. Time was 2:09.
In his professional debut, former amateur standout Mike Wilson (1-0) destroyed “Marvelous” Marvin Hunt (12-24-1, 5 KOs) with a huge right hand at 1:59 in round one of a heavyweight bout.
By Alexey Sukachev
Marco “Käpt’n” Huck (26-1-1, 20 KOs) is a new WBO cruiserweight champion following an extremely hard-fought unanimous decision over tough Argentinean plodder Victor Emilio Ramirez (15-2, 12 KOs) with the scores: 116-111 (twice) and 115-112. The bout took place at Gerry Weber stadium in Halle, Germany.
Also, in a stunner, Nigerian heavyweight Gbenga Oloukun (17-1, 10 KOs) scored an upset unanimous decision over ex-champion Lamon Brewster (35-5, 30 KOs) Click for more details and results
Ringside by Felipe Leon
Photos by Paul Gallegos
A good size crowd enjoyed a now familiar night of boxing as Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions returned to the Four Points by Sheraton Thursday night to present their “Summer Showdown” fight card . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
If the original fight, four years ago, wasn’t an easy enough win for Holly Holm, last night’s rematch with Terri Blair was about as challenging as the near-two hour drive from her hometown of Albuquerque, to Las Vegas, N.M. . . . Click here for more
Jesus Soto-Karass, who fights tonight on a Top Rank card in Grand Prairie, Texas, may next fight on the mega Pacquiao vs Cotto ‘FirePower’ championship card on Nov 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Soto-Karass is ranked IBF #6, WBC #7, WBO #13, WBA #14 at 147 pounds…
The Top Rank card, which includes young prospect Roberto Marroquin of Texas, is live on Azeca America at 10 pm eastern.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Pound for Pound Promotions had to improvise after a tough situation on Thursday night in which the original scheduled main event at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey was cancelled due to the excessive weight difference between Mike Arnaoutas and llido Julio. Everything turned out okay though as light heavyweight prospect, Bobby Rooney stepped up and put on a masterful performance in capturing an eight round unanimous decision victory over Toris Brewer in the new main event. The card also included several exciting bouts, including an all out, four round junior middleweight war between Chris Murphy and Abraham Torres. For more details and photos click here…
By Dennis Principe
There are two objectives world light flyweight Brian Viloria aim to chase in his title defense today and one of them is his Mexican foe Jesus Iribe. Interviewed by Fightnews, Viloria believes he will be literally hunting Iribe inside the ring as the Mexican challenger is known for his ring generalship in establishing a fairly impressive record of 15-5-5, with 9 knockouts. “I don’t think he’s gonna stay in there with me and exchange with me in the middle. He’s just going to box his way around and use his reach to keep me at bay“ said Viloria “But I’m ready and come fight night I’ll just go in there and do my thing.” (more…)
Super middleweight contender Joey Gilbert will return to the ring Saturday night against Pomona’s Ivan “Sitting Bull” Stovall in the eight round main event at “Rural Rumble/Fallon Fights 2009” at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada . . click here for more
Junior middleweight contender Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. is on a collision course with former NABF and USBA lightweight champion Israel “Pito” Cardona for the vacant WBC Caribbean Federation title in the main event of tonight’s “LATIN INVASION” pay-per-view event. In the co-feature, Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson goes toe-to-toe with current WBC/USNBC light middleweight champion Billy Bailey. Plus in a battle of jr welterweight hopefuls Marvin “Much 2 Much” Cordova Jr. encounters “Too Slick” Ernest Johnson plus welterweight prospect Able Perry looks to add another win to his record when he squares off with fellow prospect Jay Krupp.
“LATIN INVASION” is available LIVE this SATURDAY on PAY-PER-VIEW only on iN DEMAND beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.
An unbeaten duo of soon to be ready-for-primetime prospects middleweight Fernando Guerrero (14-0, 12 KOs) and junior middleweight Shawn Porter (9-0, 7 KOs) will be showcased TONIGHT on the LIVE WEBCAST of “Boxing’s Future Champions II” from Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Also in action is Philadelphia heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Chazz Witherspoon (25-1, 17 KOs), plus exciting middleweight Dominic Wade (3-0, 3 KOs) and the 4-time Junior Olympic champion, 2004-2005 U.S super heavyweight champion Mike Wilson in his much anticipated pro debut.
The webcast of “Boxing’s Future Champions II” begins at 8pm EST/5pm PST. Click here for info about “Boxing’s Future Champions II” and click here to order the webcast of “Boxing’s Future Champions II” for $4.95!
World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today that it is returning to the Lone Star state on Saturday, Oct. 10 with an action-packed night of fights. Live from the AT&T Center in beautiful San Antonio, TX, fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone battles feared striker Ben Henderson in a bout that will crown the interim WEC lightweight champion. . . Click here for more
Interview by Antonio Castro
It’s been over a year since Israel “Pito” Cardona has been in a ring. He’s lost three straight and five of his last seven. On Saturday night from Cleveland, Ohio,Cardona (36-9, 28 KO’s) will look to turn things around as he takes on Hector Camacho Jr (48-3-1, 27 KO’s) for the vacant WBC CABOFE light middleweight title. Cardona wants another shot at a title, and knows that a win would get him back in contention. Fightnews feature writer Antonio Castro caught up with Cardona, as he waited for Camacho to take off the final two pounds necessary to make the fight a go . . . click here for more
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had been here before, so many times that it’s hard to pick just one favorite comeback. Was it the time that he rebounded from being driven head first into the canvas by Bob Sapp to submit the 6 foot 5, 350 pounder? How about the one when he absorbed a series of flush head kicks from Mirko Cro Cop only to take his foe down and force him to tap out? Or maybe it was losing the first two rounds to Tim Sylvia before submitting him in round three? . . . Click more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
UFC 102 LIVE on PPV Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: When the history of mixed martial arts is written, two names will stand at the top of the heavyweight division – Randy “The Natural” Couture and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. But these two legendary former champions aren’t thinking about the history books, they’re looking to make another run at the UFC title, and to get there, they must face each other in the Octagon in the main event of UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira . . . Click here for more info on UFC 102
Jesus Soto Karass 148.5 vs Edvan Dos Barros 148.25
Miguel Angel Garcia 126 vs Carlos Rivera 125.5
Robert Marroquin 123 vs Steve Huitt Johnson 123
Jerry Belmontes 129 vs Tommy Atencio 130
Chap Huggins 156.5 vs Corey Washington 157
Omar Henry 154 vs Angel Sigala 154
Dominque Dolton 148 vs Richard Best 148
Venue: Quick Trip Park, Grand Prairie, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Azteca America
Today, after a long period of hard work and dedication, former world title challenger José Cotto feels he’s achieved his objective. He weighed 144.5 at the official weigh-in for the event Boxeo Boricua in Las Piedras, to be presented tomorrow, starting at 8PM. José Cotto recognized that “it’s been difficult (re-conditioning for the bout) but I’m in great shape now.” He also assured that he’s “ready to regain my position in boxing.” (more…)
Kingsley Ikeke 167.5 vs Mark Woolnough 167
(NABA super midleweight title)
Lateef Kayode 208 vs Leo Bercier 203
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma Washington
Promoter: Brian Halquist Productions
Time: First bell 7PM/Doors open 6PM
Light heavyweight Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson (10-1, 3 KOs) will return to his hometown Saturday night to take on WBC USNBC Billy “The Billy Goat” Bailey (9-4, 3 KOs) at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The bout will be the co-feature on PPV card headlined by the clash between Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. and Israel “Pito” Cardona, which can be seen on In Demand Pay Per View.
By Ron Jackson
Lubabalo Msuthu retained his World Boxing Foundation bantamweight belt with a hard earned 12 round points decision over Nick Otieno of Kenya at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Judges Andile Matika and Darryl Ribbink scored the fight 116-113 and 116-114 whilst judge Allan Matakane was off the mark with a 119-109 card. (more…)
Joey Gilbert 169.5 vs Ivan Stovall 171
Tyler Hinkey 254 vs.Yohan Bank 265
Johnny Mancilla 132 vs.Theron Delorme 132
Venue: Churchill County Fairgrounds, Fallon, NV
Promoter: Let’s Get It On
Tonight at the Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.: Defending her WIBA welterweight title, Holly Holm (25-1-3, 7 KOs) pitched a near-shutout decision over outclassed Terri Blair (11-14-2, 6 KOs). Following Holm around the ring and unable to open up, Blair was on the receiving end of a variety of shots throughout the fight. Scorecards read 100-90 twice, and 99-91. In the co-main, former Las Vegas contender Frankie Archuleta (26-7-1, 14 KOs) had a difficult time winning a unanimous decision over gutsy Las Crucen Lorenzo Estrada (3-15-1, 1 KO). Scores were 77-75 and 78-74 twice. Blown-up lightweight Arturo Crespin (3-1, 1 KO) ran out of gas again, but was able to pull off a decision over jr. middleweight Freddy Cisneros (1-1-1). Scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37. In a sixer at jr. middle, Lucas Galle (6-4) outboxed Jermiah Torres (7-16, 1 KO), with scores of 59-55, 58-56 and, somehow, 56-58. In the opener, Las Vegas’ Amanda Crespin (0-1) lost her pro debut to the more aggressive Nohime Dennison (1-0), who edged her out with scores of 38-38, 40-36 and 39-37. Stay tuned for a full report tomorrow. — Chris Cozzone
IBF junior welterweight titleholder Juan Urango (22-1-1, 17 KOs) successfully defended his title with an exciting knockdown-filled eleventh round stoppage over former two-time champion Randall Bailey (39-7, 35 KOs) on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. The entire bout was hotly contested between the huge-punching Bailey and the relentless Urango. Bailey dropped Urango hard with a huge right hand in round six and the clearly hurt “Iron Twin” barely beat the count. The iron-willed Urango, however, came back with a strong body attack and brutally floored Bailey twice in round nine. Bailey managed to get out of the round, but Urango floored him again in the tenth. Bailey’s corner finally stopped the fight in the eleventh. Time was 1:51.
In a clash for the vacant IBF light heavyweight title, unbeaten #1 rated Tavoris Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) punished #2 rated former champ Clinton Woods (42-5-1, 24 KOs) for twelve rounds to claim the belt. The 27-year-old Cloud simply had too much power and too much energy for the more experienced 37-year-old Woods. Cloud rocked Woods in rounds eight and ten, dominating down the stretch. Scores were 116-112 on all cards. (more…)
By Dave Baggs / Fightnews Canada
Former WBA light middleweight champion Joachim Alcine, making his first ring appearance in a little over a year, pounded out an uninspiring 10 round unanimous decision over Eric Mitchel moments ago at the Casino de Montreal, in Montreal, Quebec. Scores of the bout were 97-93 (twice) and 96-93 in favor of the ex champ from Montreal. Alcine (31-1, 19 KO’s), in his first bout under the watchful eye of new trainer Buddy McGirt, had to deal with both ring rust and an opponent who did nothing but clinch and hold at every opportunity. Unable to create any distance, Alcine was forced to participate in a clinch-filled affair that marred his return and brought boo’s and jeers as early as round 5. With the fight much closer on the scorecard, Mitchell proved in the end to be his own worst enemy with multiple warning and finally a point deductions in round 9 for excesive holding. Round 10 brought cheers from the crowd as they knew the bout was almost over. Alcine, 11 months removed from his last fight, was obviously disappointed with the lack of effort by his opponent but was all smiles when his name was announced as the victor. Mitchell, for his efforts, slips to 22-6-1. (more…)
Former champions Randy “The Natural” Couture and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira headline UFC 102 in a heavyweight battle of living legends this Saturday live on Pay-Per-View from the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. In the co-feature, two of the light heavyweight division’s heaviest hitters collide, when perennial contender Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine takes on Brazilian powerhouse Thiago Silva.
Below are the official weigh-in results for Saturday’s UFC 102: COUTURE-NOGUEIRA event.
Randy Couture 220 vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 231
Keith Jardine 205 vs Thiago Silva 205
Nate Marquardt 185 vs Demian Maia 185
Brandon Vera 205 vs Krzysztof Soszynski 205
Chris Leben 185 vs Jake Rosholt 185
Ed Herman 185.5 vs Aaron Simpson 185
Gabriel Gonzaga 259 vs Chris Tuchscherer 258
Justin McCully 238 vs Mike Russow 260
Tim Hague 263.5 vs Todd Duffee 251
Nick Catone 185.5 vs Mark Munoz 185.5
Marcus Aurelio 156 vs Evan Dunham 155
UFC 102: COUTURE-NOGUEIRA LIVE is available LIVE this Saturday on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu, Shaw Communications and Viewer’s Choice Canada beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Click here for more info.
By Rocco Morales
Thursday night, a sellout crowd of 1,412 fight fans came out to the Irvine Marriott for the ever popular Battle In The Ballroom put on by Roy Englebrecht Promotions. In main event action, somebody’s “0″ had to go and in this case it was going to be one of two undefeated heavyweights, as Ashanti Jordan risked his perfect (10-0, 7 KOs) record against the very tough Joe Hanks (8-0, 6 KOs). Although Hanks had a noticeable size advantage, and having fought before in the Battle Of The Ballroom series, enjoyed the hometown support, it was Ashanti who seemed to have more experience, if not the better skills. However, it was Hanks who was able to let his fists fly and who racked up the points on the judges scorecards, while Jordan mostly countered Hanks. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero at the scale
¨Pelenchin¨ Caballero 121.5 vs Franky Leal 121.5
(WBA super bantamweight championship)
Ana Maria Torres 114.8 vs Ava Knight 114.8
(WBC super flyweight championship)
Venue: Ciudad Deportiva de Mexicali
Promoter: KO Entretainment & Rochmar
Brian Viloria 107.5 vs Jesus Iribe 108
(IBF light flyweight championship)
Zaid Zavaleta 141.5 vs Dennis Laurente 142
AJ Banal 118.7 vs Jose Angel Beraza 118.2
Alfonso Gomez 152.2 vs Raul Munoz 156.3
Venue: Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
Promoter: Zanfer Boxing
By Antonio Castro at the scale
Hector Camacho Jr 154 vs. Israel Cardona 153.5 (Camacho originally weighed in at 156 pounds)
(Vacant WBC CABOFE Jr Middleweight Title)
Ronald Johnson 174.5 vs. Billy Bailey 173.5
(WBC USNBC light heavyweight title & WBF light heavyweight title)
Marvin Cordova 142 vs. Ernest Johnson 141.5
Jay Krupp 148 vs. Abel Perry 149
Dante Moore 153.5 vs. Silas Ortley 156
Julius Leegrand 132 vs. Norman Allen TBA
Venue: Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Promoter: Z entertainment & American Dream Productions
TV: On Demand PPV
By Scott Foster at the scale
Fernando Guerrero 168.6 vs Chris Archer 167.9
Shawn Porter 154.3 vs Lamar Harris 155.8
Dominic Wade 164.3 vs Tyrone Dowdy 158.9
Chazz Witherspoon 234.6 vs Stacy Frazier TBA
Mike Wilson 211.7 vs Marvin Hunt 193.2′
Venue: Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi
Promoter: Prize Fight Promotions
TV: Webcast on prizefighttv.com
By Matt Thompson
FightNews had the opportunity to talk exclusively with former unified lightweight champion and current jr. welterweight contender Nate Campbell following his return home after the CSAC overturned the result of his fight with WBO champion Tim Bradley, changing that result to a no contest. The Galaxxy Warrior didn’t pull any punches in discussing the situation. (more…)
Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. (48-3-1, 27 KOs) speaks about his fight on Saturday night in Cleveland at the Wolstein Center and on In Demand Pay Per View against the upset-minded Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-9, 28 KOs).
Following their kick-off press conference on Thursday in New York City, WBO world jr. featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and challenger Rogers Mtagwa headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a follow-up presser on Friday tfor their collision on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors” – Latin Fury 12 pay per view event on October 10th at Madison Square Garden. Also on this doubleheader card, WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa will defend his title against challenger Whyber Garcia. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing. Click here for more photos…
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