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On April 28th, Joe DeGuardia’s premier installment of “VIP Boxing” gets underway at the elegant Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY with an intriguing double header featuring Star Boxing’s Vinny Maddalone (31-5, 22KO) and Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (19-2, 14KO). Maddalone will be taking on Benji Baker (18-6, 9KO) in an eight round heavyweight bout, while Steven’s squares off against Dan Mouton (9-3-1, 8KO) in an eight round super middleweight contest. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA minimumweight champion Brahim Asloum defeated Humberto Pool by knockout in the third round on Monday night at La Palestre, Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes, in the southeast of France. The battle was the first appearance for Asloum since December of 2007. He has not been able to carry out a single defense after 17 months of reign. Asloum kept the fight at medium distance until the third round before landing some strong blows to the body of Pool that sent him down for the final count.
The knockout is always in the back of Carlos Abregu’s mind, and with an 80 percent KO track record, he knows he is more then capable. Abregu will put his stellar, unblemished 26-0 record, with 21 knockouts, on the line Friday, May 1, on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Argentine will face Puerto Rico’s Irving Garcia (17-3-3, 8 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight main event at the Chumash Casino Resort at Santa Ynez, Calif. Garcia, 30, is the World Boxing Council (WBC) Latin American welterweight champion and is undefeated in his last five fights. In the co-feature, Marvin Quintero (15-1, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, will take on Wes Ferguson (20-3-1, 6 KOs) of Las Vegas in an eight-round lightweight bout. The event which will emanate from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Referee Benji Estevez from US will be the third man on the ring when former world champion Wladimir Sidorenko and reigning champion Anselmo Moreno fight for the WBA bantamweight title at the Halle 7 in Bremen, Germany on Saturday. The three judges are Silvestre Abainza (Finland), Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) and Mikael Hook (Sweden). The fight supervisor is Renzo Bagnariol from Nicaragua.
By Alexey Sukachev
Promoters German Titov, Cesar Moreira and Arturo Moral of Stock Eventos SL joined their efforts yesterday to stage a local show in Matosinos, Portugal. Several Eastern Europe-based fighters took their part in the show. WBO #13 junior middleweight Sherzod Husanov (13-0, 7 KOs) of Uzbekistan scored a workmanlike eight-round unanimous decision over Slovakian no-hoper Patrick Hruska (12-38, 4 KOs). Andrey Isaev of Belarus, who is ranked #4 by the WBO in featherweight division, is now 20-1 with 7 KOs following his TKO 6 victory over Araik Sachbazjan (12-6, 5 KOs). Also super middleweight Alexander Krasilov (6-0-1, 3 KOs) knocked out Latvian Ruslans Pojonishevs (4-3-1, 3 KOs) in the first round. Meanwhile, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, local super flyweight Timur Shailezov (WBA #10 and WBA I/C titleholder) is now 15-2-1, 3 KOs, after the third-round TKO over debutant Urmat Modubaev. Akyl Beckbolotov promoted.
By Alexey Sukachev
In a battle of giants, big (6’7’’) Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach extended his perfect record to 21-0 with 9 KOs after the seventh-round technical knockout over even more robust (7’1’’) American Julius Long (15-12, 13 KOs) this Friday night at MOSiR Hall in Jaroslaw, Poland. Long hit the deck in the third round and was totally outgunned, trailing 53-60 (twice) and 52-60 before the fight was mercifully stopped by the referee at 2:17 of the round seven. In a stunner, aging Finnish journeyman “Ironman” Kai Kauramaki (15-15, 9 KOs) scored the victory of the lifetime when his opponent Mariusz Cendrowski (17-2-1, 7 KOs) was forced to retire early in round eight (at 0:17) claiming an elbow injury. (more…)
Rising middleweight star and one of boxing’s hottest prospects, Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs has been added to the much anticipated May 2nd pay-per-view undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton: “The Battle of East and West” at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The highly touted prospect will be featured in the third of four pay-per-view undercard bouts against former two-time world amateur champion Mike Walker, who was originally slated to face James Kirkland, before Kirkland was KO’d by legal problems.
On Saturday, May 16, Rome will be back as the Italian capital of world boxing, thanks to OPI 2000 led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi. At the prestigious Gran Teatro (3,040 seats), WBC world cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1 with 10 KOs), will make his first defense against ‘El Diablo’ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. (41-2 with 31 KOs). Born in Milan on August 13, 1969, Fragomeni is currently the most popular boxer in his country. On October 24, 2008, he won the vacant WBC crown defeating on points Rudolf Kraj. After eight action-packed rounds, the doctor stopped Fragomeni because of a cut; all the judges scored 77-74 in favor of Giacobbe who became champion in front of 3,500 screaming fans. It has to be noticed that Fragomeni sold-out the Palalido after 12 years. That’ s why a sell-out is expected in Rome too. (more…)
WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (24-1-1, 8 KOs) and former champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-1-2, 7 KOs) faced off today in Bremen, Germany, in advance of Saturday’s rematch. Moreno won their first fight on points in a closely contested affair. Both fighters promised a clear result this time. (More to come)
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced that Australian based former IBF junior welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou will meet South Africa’s Phillip Ndou on a bumper bill at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on July 11. On the undercard two of South Africa’s brightest young prospects Tommy Oosthuizen and Jared Lovett will clash over ten rounds for the vacant IBO Youth light heavyweight title. Also featured will be South African bantamweight champion Simphiwe Vetyeka who returns to action after a long lay-off against Eric Barcelona from the Philippines in a match for the vacant IBO bantamweight title. The Ndou vs. Ndou bout is a most exciting attraction that will pull in the fans. (more…)
Pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and IBO world junior welterweight champion Ricky “Hitman” Hatton will kick-off fight week tomorrow with their official red carpet grand arrivals! Both events are open to the public and fans are encouraged to come out and support their favorite fighter. Pacquiao, the five-division world champion from the Philippines, along with trainer world-famous Freddie Roach will arrive at the front entrance of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino at noon. Hatton, the defending world champion from England, and his trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr., will arrive at the front entrance of the MGM Grand at 1:30 p.m.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page has passed away at the age of 50 at his Louisville, Kentucky. In his final fight in 2001, Page suffered a a brain injury and during post-fight surgery suffered a stroke. Page’s wife told WHAS TV in Louisville that the ex-champ passed shortly after 5AM from multiple complications due to boxing injuries and paralysis. Page compiled a career record of 58 wins, 16 losses and one draw with 48 KOs.
Ringside Report by Billy “Loops” Luppert and Alex Dombroff
Photography by Emily Harney
Coming into Saturday night’s fight against former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, there were three things that Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) had never accomplished in his career. He never headlined a card in America , never defended a world title, and had never tasted the canvas both as an amateur or professional. Now he can add all three of these to his resume. Froch got up from a third round knockdown to score the biggest win of his career with a late twelfth round technical knockout over Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs). in dramatic fashion. He needed a knockout going into the final round and got exactly that as Froch knocked Taylor down late. Froch then pinned him against the ropes to finish him off as referee Michael Ortega waived off the bout with just 14 seconds left. With the win, Froch defended his WBC 168 lb. title for the first time after he won the vacant belt back in December with a points win over Jean Pascal. “Sweetness” Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) knocked down Carlos DeLeon, Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KOs) four times in the second round before referee Joe Lupino had finally seen enough and called a halt to the bout. The sold out seven bout fight card at the MGM Grand Theater inside of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Hennessy Sports. Click here for the entire ringside report and photo gallery.
Tickets are now on sale as Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, home of the nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” professional boxing series, presents the “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN”, on Thursday, May 28th at the Arena Theatre in Houston, Texas . . . Click here for more
Ringside Report by Andreas Hale and Kurt Wolfheimer
Photography by Ed Mulholland
Critics of John Duddy have been begging for the Irishman to take a step up in competition. Fighting an unknown fighter named Billy Lyell (19-7, 3 KOs) with a mediocre record and limited skill certainly doesn’t help the case. But perhaps there was a reason Duddy’s team never stepped up his competition. Unfortunately for Duddy, the reason reared its ugly head in front of an estimated 2,500 mostly Irish fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ this past Friday night. “The Derry Destroyer” watched his world title hopes go up in smoke as the unheralded Billy Lyell and his coach Jack Loew (who also trains Kelly Pavlik) employed a picture perfect game plan to upend Duddy via split decision in a ten round matchup of middleweights. Two judges saw it in Lyell’s favor with scores of 98-92 and 97-93 while the third gave Duddy (26-1, 17 KOs) the nod with a score of 96-94. Hard punching Philladelphia junior middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado (12-3, 7 KOs) scored the biggest victory in his professional career with a close ten round split decision victory over Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (26-6-1, 16 KOs) in the co-feature of the evening. Click here for the ringside report and photo gallery.
On Saturday at Klass Hotel in Castelfidardo (Central Italy), the 9th edition of the Italian Boxing Oscars took place. OPI 2000 was the only company to get 4 awards. Salvatore Cherchi was named “Promoter of the year.” Christian Cherchi got the “Manager of the year” prize. WBC world cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni and WBC world flyweight champion Simona Galassi were voted male and female fighters of the year. On the same day, at Palaveneto in Ancona (Central Italy), OPI 2000 staged a show with six professional Italian fighters, including WBC #1 middleweight contender Domenico Spada, who won by 5th round DQ over Slovakian Robert Blazo. Spada’s record ups to 29 wins (14 KOs) and one loss. Also WBC female world flyweight champion Simona Galassi outpointed French Isabelle Leonardi (now, 4-4-1) in six rounds, in a non-title match. Galssi moves up to 10 wins (3 kos), 1 draw and 1 no-contest. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA/WBO lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Márquez is now expected to return on September 12th or 19th, topping a major card in Las Vegas. Sources at Golden Boy Promotions indicate that Floyd Mayweather, Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao, Érik “El Terrible” Morales and other names are in the mix as possible opponents. In any event, Marquez will return with “Nacho” Beristain to La Romanza Gym in the Federal District next week.
By Gerardo M. Avila-Planas
Cuban-born boxing manager Yamil Chade has died of complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease. Chade, was manager of Gerardo Gonzalez “Kid Gavilan” He also managed and contributed in the careers of such great champions as Wilfredo Gomez and Felix “Tito” Trinidad.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Marianne Müller
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WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) simply outclassed Koji Sato (14-1, 13 KOs) getting a seventh round referee’s stoppage after dealing Sato a brutal beating on Saturday night at the KönigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. Sturm was extremely sharp with his jab early on while fending off Sato’s powerful attacks. As the bout progressed, it almost seemed Sturm couldn’t miss as he schooled the previously unbeaten challenger. Referee Luis Pabon finally steped in to stop the carnage at 2:46 of round seven. It was Sturm’s sixth title defense.
WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (21-0, 15 KOs) successfully defended his title with an eleventh round knockout over former middleweight champion Maselino Masoe (29-6, 27 KOs). It was a left-right combination that sent the 42-year-old Masoe to the deck where he was counted out by referee Mark Nelson. It was the unbeaten Balzsay’s first title defense. Time was 2:07.
Unbeaten middleweight Gennady Golovkin (16-0, 13 KOs) dropped Anthony Greenidge (13-3-1, 5 KOs) twice in round one and finished him at :49 of round five.
In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Manuel Charr (11-0, 5 KOs) stopped Gbenga Olouku (16-1, 10 KOs) in round seven. Time was 1:29.
Light heavyweight Gregory Soszynski (14-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Ralf Riemer (8-7-2, 4 KOs). Time was 1:00.
Light heavyweight Patrick Dobroschi (9-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Mustapha Stini (6-34-1, 4 KOs) over six rounds by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 60-53.
Lightweights Magomed Jangubaev (3-0-1) and Brahim Bouizem (8-15) battled to a four round draw. Scores were 38-38, 38-38, 39-37 Bouizem.
Ringside by Jacob Chavez, photos by John Booz
Oscar De La Hoya’s, Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesoli’s, 8 Count Production presented an explosive night of boxing action, Friday, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The fights were televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” and had fans in attendance enthralled with knockout action . . . Click here for more
Ringside report and photos by Chris Cozzone
In a showdown years in the works, between the top two names of the last dozen years in the Four Corners area, Elco “The Animal” Garcia, of Ignacio, Colo., staked his claim as the reigning local champion with a dominating kayo win over Joe “Ironman” Gomez, of Bloomfield, N.M. . . . Click here for more
By Craig Watt
Former WBA light-heavyweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 23KO’s) made an impressive ring return on Sunday in Perth, Western Australia after stopping experienced South African Anthony Van Niekirk (21-7-2, 13 KO’s) at 2.42 of the second round. The 36 year old Australian, known as the “Green Machine” was making his ring return after 16 months out of the ring, retiring as reigning WBA light-heavyweight champion in 2008. Green entered the ring to a vociferous hometown crowd on his return and the playing of the last post by army bugle added to the electric atmosphere on ANZAC war memorial weekend in Australia. In front of a sold out crowd of 4,500 fans at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Green impressed to keep on track for a lucrative re-match with fellow Australian Anthony Mundine in what could be the richest fight in Australian boxing history. (more…)
Report by Scott Ploof
Photo By Emily Harney
Fresh off of the biggest victory of his career, undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) and former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) along with their trainers and promoters took part in a post fight press conference inside of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Froch shocked not only Taylor but the entire 168 pound division when he stopped the former middleweight kingpin with just fourteen seconds left in the twelfth and final round. While Taylor and his team would love a rematch, it seems that Carl Froch and his promoter, Mick Hennessy have other plans. The press conference began with Team Taylor in attendance along with Taylor’s promoter Lou DiBella at the microphone leading off the conversation concerning the main event and its outcome. “What we saw tonight was one hell of a fight. Jermain looked solid early and almost had Froch out in the third. Froch displayed a solid chin throughout as Jermain was able to land some hard shots for about the first eight or so rounds of the fight. I think Carl came on late and made it a closer fight down the stretch and then he knocked him out.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao defended the decision of ace trainer Freddie Roach in pulling the plug on Gerry Penalosa’s bid to dethrone the Puerto Rican knockout sensation Juan Manuel Lopez, who became the first man to stop the two-division Filipino champion with a ninth-round TKO Saturday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “Lopez is just too big and too strong for Gerry,” Pacquiao told visiting reporters from Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, Inquirer and People’s Journal in his apartment unit at The Palazzo in Los Angeles. Pacquiao said Penalosa has nothing to be ashamed of since he put up a gallant stand and refused to be floored by the heavily-favored 25-year-old WBO super-bantamweight king. “We all saw that he did his best,” said Pacquiao, who watched the action live on high-definition TV. “Freddie was right in not allowing Gerry to come out for the tenth round. Do we have to wait for something bad to happen before we say that’s enough?” With the loss, Pacquiao believes Penalosa will announce his retirement. It was Gerry himself who told me that this (Lopez) fight will be his last and it would be best for him if he retires.” Penalosa turned pro in 1989 after a stellar amateur career. He had won the WBC super-fly in Feb. 1997 and later the WBO bantam title that he recently relinquished so he could meet Lopez.
Four-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao looks over his custom Team Pacquiao bus that he will take to Las Vegas Monday afternoon for his upcoming “The Battle of East and West” World Jr. Welterweight championship fight against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs Hatton is presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy and will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
At the start of the twelfth and final round, WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch needed a knockout to win and that is just what he got. Froch stopped former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor with just 14 seconds remaining in the fight. “My trainer (Rob McCracken) told me I needed a big round in the 12th. He was right. You saw it, everybody saw it. I’m the champ.” Regarding the stoppage, Froch said, “You could see he was badly hurt and not defending himself. He was not even looking at me at the end. It was a great decision by the referee. I had to make a statement on American soil and I did just that.” Taylor called for a rematch after the fight when he said, “I want a rematch. He came over here and he really is a warrior. I know he’s got a good heart. I put 110% in the gym but he stayed with it and worked it.” Asked whether he agreed with the stoppage Taylor replied, “He thought it was time to stop it so he stopped it. My hat is off to the ref.” The fight of the year candidate will re-air on SHOWTIME TOO on Wednesday, April 29, at 10PM ET/PT. The fight will be available ON DEMAND from April 28-May 25.
Click the image to see highlights of WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm’s seven round beat down of previously unbeaten challenger Koji Sato, which took place on Saturday night in at the KönigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. Three-time middleweight titleholder Sturm retained his title for the sixth time.
By Billy “Loops” Luppert and Alex Dombroff at ringside
Undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) scored the biggest victory of his career, a come from behind TKO stoppage over former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) with 14 seconds left in the twelfth and final round to retain his title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena inside of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Taylor, who was ahead on two of the three scorecards entering the 12th round, did a superb job of not allowing Froch to land anything on the inside. Taylor had Froch down in the third round from an overhand right, but Froch was able to get up and sustain Taylor’s assault. Taylor was able to effectively counter Froch with his jab and right hand as Froch kept his hands by his waist the entire fight. As the fight wore on, the effective punching by Taylor wore thin as he was tiring out, but the former champion was still able to keep Froch from landing anything flush. The 12th round was a different story as Froch was able to come out and land a big right that put Taylor down on the canvas. Taylor was visibly hurt as Froch came in firing away. The end came as Froch put Taylor up against the ropes and unloaded several shots that Taylor had no answer for which prompted referee Michael Ortega to stop the bout.
Allan Green started the televised portion of the show off with a bang. Actually, four bangs. Green (28-1, 20 KOs) knocked down Carlos DeLeon, Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KOs) four times in the second round before referee Joe Lupino had finally seen enough. The first round was fought on even terms, and DeLeon actually had his best moments in the closing moments of the round. Early in round two, Green landed a left hook that dropped DeLeon hard. DeLeon rose, but Green wasted no time taking advantage of DeLeon’s shaky legs as he dropped him seconds later with an overhand right. The scene repeated itself twice more, with overhand rights sending DeLeon to the deck before it was waved off. Time of the stoppage was 1:54 of round two.
Former title-holder Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, fighting for the first time since being stopped by Ricky Hatton five months ago, scored a lopsided unanimous decision over Chris Fernandez. For the most part the fight went as expected, with Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) using the quicks the tactical skills that made briefly made him a world champion at junior welterweight. However, there was a tenuous moment towards the end of round six, when Fernandez (16-7-1, 9 KOs), who spent much of the fight punching air, finally connected and rocked Malignaggi against the ropes. Malignaggi regrouped in between rounds and cruised a 79-73 decision on all three of the official scorecards. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Rodel Mayol of the Philippines will face defending WBO light-fly champion Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico underneath the Miguel Cotto-Joshua Clottey headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 13. Mayol is now under the managerial control of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Mayol, originally from Cebu City in the Philippines, also trains at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
By Lee Bates
Quick quotes from post-fight presser:
Juan Manuel Lopez: Penalosa is a very tough fighter as I fully expected him to be. This was a very hard earned victory. My promoters will decide what is next for me and I will be ready for whoever they put in front of me.
Gerry Penalosa: I gave my absolute best tonight. Lopez was the better man tonight and I congratulate him.
Freddie Roach: I thought Lopez would slow down after the 4th round since he threw so many punches but he didn’t. I had told Gerry going into the 9th round that if he wasn’t able to hurt Lopez then I was going to stop the fight because he needed to hurt him or knock Lopez out at that point. Lopez I think is the best fighter at 122 pounds.
By Lee Bates
Fightnews caught up with former three-division world champion Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad, who updated what was previously reported on Fightnews of a rematch between Tito and Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins. ” It is true that we’re working on a rematch between Hopkins and I,” said Trinidad. “There are still some details that need to be worked out but we will meet at a catchweight that will be determined. The fight will be in Madison Square Garden in New York at the end of 2009.”
Former WBO junior featherweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (36-2, 31 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Marlon “La Rata” Aguilar (19-7-1, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant NABF featherweight belt on Saturday night at the Coliseo Miguel Canto in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Ponce De Leon was credited with a knockdown in round eight and went on to win 119-108 on all cards.
By Lee Bates at ringside
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (25-0, 23 KOs) scored a brilliant ninth round TKO over WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-7-2, 36 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Lopez was superb as he outpunched a very motivated Penalosa for nine brutal rounds. Penalosa’s trainer Freddie Roach stopped the fight between rounds nine and ten. Lopez has now scored 13 consecutive knockouts.
Jr welterweight Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) claimed the WBO interim title when Willy Blain (20-1, 3 KOs) suffered a hand injury and was unable to go on in round seven. Time was 1:47.
In a scheduled 4 round cruiserweight bout 6 foot 6 inch Carlos Negron (2-0, 2 kos) stopped veteran Tyler Hughes (23-25, 8 KOs) in round 1 with an expolisive knockout that had the crowd on their feet. Negron knocked Hughes down and the game Huges beat the count but was in no condition to continue and his corner mercifully stopped the fight.
Juan Mercedes (23-2, 16 KOs) defeated Anthony Napunyi (14-5, 7 KOs) by TKO in round 6th in a super bantamweight bout. Mercedes was systematically breaking down Napunyi prior to the stoppage prompting Napunyi’s cornerman to stop the fight between rounds 6 and 7.
In a bout between bantamweights , David Quijano (9-1-1, 6 KOs) unanimously decisioned Jesus Martinez (18-6, 11 KOs) over 8 rounds by the scores of 79-73 and 78-74 twice. (more…)
Undefeated two-time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico will make his Madison Square Garden debut on Saturday, June 13 on the undercard of the big world championship welterweight clash between Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey. Calderon (32-0, 6 KOs) will defend his WBO jr flyweight belt against Rodel Mayol (25-3, 19 KOs), the No. 4-rated contender from the Philippines. It will be the fourth defense of the 108-pound title for the Puerto Rican star. “It has always been my dream to fight at Madison Square Garden in New York and to do it the night before the National Puerto Rican Parade, makes it even more exciting for me. It will be a night to remember,” said Calderon, who is also a former WBO minimumweight world champion. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
In an all-action brawl between two undefeated featherweights, Belfast-native Martin Lindsay (14-0, 6 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career by stopping the reigning British champion Paul Appleby (14-1, 9 KOs) in the sixth round. Lindsay looked strong with his hard and precision punching in the first two stanzas. Appleby cam back strong in the third rocking slightly fading local hero on several occasions. Round four was as brutal as they are with Lindsay being just a bit more active in the back-and-forth two-way massacre. Round five was for the champion. In round six, Martin Lindsay increased his tempo and started to land his punches at will. After the series of left and right hooks Appleby was pinned to the ropes, barely made it to the center of the ring only to be brutalized once again with the monsterous right hand of Lindsay prompting referee to stop the contest at 2:36 of the round six. Appleby is still to be decked in his career though.
Jr middleweight Ryan Rhodes (42-4, 28 KOs), who is ranked #8 by the WBC, got an easy seventh-round TKO over Hungarian journeyman Janos Petrovics (16-24, 8 KOs) on Saturday at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Petrovics was dropped by a huge left hook to the body, and was completely dominated throughout the contest. The bout was stopped at 1:07.
On the undercard, jr middleweight Michael Maguire (4-0, 1 KO) barely outpointed James Ancliff (6-6-1, 1 KO) over four rounds: 39-38.
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