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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
NABA super-featherweight champion Arash Usmanee (11-0 6KO) scored a pair of 5th round knockdowns causing a game but overmatched Isaac Bejarano’s (9-10-1 7KO) corner to throw in the towel at 1:40 mark at Club Metropolis in Montreal Friday night. The Usmanee fight was one of two boxing matches on an MMA dominated card featuring promoter and sometime boxer Ali Nestor putting on the small gloves in the main event of the evening. (more…)
Since 2004, the only man to beat former flyweight world champion Eric Morel (43-2, 21 KOs) is another former World Champion, Martin “El Gallito” Castillo (35-4, 18 KOs). On April 1, at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, “Little Hands of Steel” gets his shot at revenge in a Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle. Also appearing will be undefeated local favorite Randy Caballero (8-0, 4 KOs). Both fights will be televised on Telefutura.
Former U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo (23-3, 14 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Walter Estrada (38-14-1, 25 KOs) in a lightweight clash on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The IBF #6 rated Escobedo dropped Estrada in round seven en roue to a 97-92, 97-92, 96-93 win.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Randy Caballero (8-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Hugo Ramos (3-8-2, 1 KO) over six one-sided rounds.
Sharif Bogere KO1 Shamir Reyes (lightweight)
Mikael Zewski TKO3 Gerardo Prieto (middleweight)
Michael Finney KO5 Joshua Beeman (welterweight)
Diego Madrigal D4 Juan Sandoval (featherweight)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Ray Bailey
In a shocker, unheralded junior middleweight Giorbis Barthelemy (25-8-2, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over reigning USBA titleholder Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis (22-3-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night in the headliner of the inaugural boxing event the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Barthelemy wobbled Ennis in round one and later dropped him in the same round. In round two, Barthelemy staggered Ennis again and battered him on the ropes forcing a stoppage by referee Steve Smoger. Time was 1:50.
In other action on the card billed as “The Next Generation,” featherweight Joey Tiberi (3-1, 3 KOs) son of former world title challenger Dave Tiberi, and super middleweight Isiah
Seldon (4-0, 2 KOs) son of former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, both won by KO. A bout featuring George “Monk” Foreman fell through.
In a clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, WBC #8 rated Ismayl Sillakh (15-0, 12 KOs) 2004 Cuban Olympian Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs) at the Jostens Center in Orlando, Florida. NABF titleholder Sillakh dropped Despaigne with a right hand at the end of round two and continued to control the action for the rest of the fight, winning 98-91, 98-91, 99-90.
In a welterweight clash, “Sugar” Ray Narh (25-1, 21 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over 40-year-old former two-time featherweight champion Freddie Norwood (41-4-1, 23 KOs). Scores were 99-89, 100-88, 100-88. Norwood was deducted two points for an intentional punch behind the head in round nine.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC#28 superfly Yodchanchai Nakornluang (reportedly 7-2, 6 KOs) successfully captured the vacant ABCO bantam title as he scored a second round TKO over ABCO#3 Edwin Tumbaga (reportedly 11-17-5, 6 KOs) on Thursday at Prasamutjaedee in Samutprakan, Thailand. Filipino Tumbaga started well when he landed a big right cross which almost dropped the local fighter at the early of the opening round but after that Yodchanchai speeded his aggression, getting closer to his opponent and weakening his foe with vicious bodyshots. The show rapidly ended in round two when the Thai fighter speeded his assault which rendered the Filipino refusing to continue, appealing for low blow to the referee. This was unfruitful as the referee considered there was no foul and displayed an eight-count to the Filipino. Then, Yodchanchai displayed one-sided attack again, forcing the referee to stop the bout at 1:31 of round two. (more…)
Photos: Eva Asdou
World ranked welterweight “Sugar” Jackson Osei Bonsu (34-5, 25 KOs) of Belgium unanimously decisioned Jose Del Rio (11-2, 4 KOs) of Spain tonight. The bout took place at the Sporthal Arena, Deurne, in Antwerpen, Belgium. The official judges scorecards were 97-92 twice and 98-91. Click here for more photos…
Fightnews feature writer David E. Finger was just appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez as Magistrate Judge for Northern Lea County, New Mexico this week. Finger, who has been writing for Fightnews for over ten years, graduated from The University of Denver School of Law in 2006. Finger is the author of the bestselling book “Rocky Lives”, and has been a feature correspondent for Fightnews in the states of Michigan, Colorado, California and Texas over the years. He has been an assistant district attorney in the 5th Judicial District since 2008 and in 2009 was a finalist for the vacant California Athletic Commission Executive Officer position.
“I’m excited about this opportunity and look forward to continuing my service to the people of Lea County New Mexico,” commented Finger. He is set to be sworn in on March 17th in Lovington, New Mexico.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Update: Alvarez came back and weighed 151.4.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez weighed in at 151.8 pounds for his 154lb WBC world title match against Matthew Hatton on Saturday. Unfortunately for Alvarez, the bout against welterweight Hatton is being being fought at a 150lb catch weight (four pounds under the division limit), so he needs to drop 1.8 pounds. Hatton weighed 149.6 pounds. The Hatton camp had previously threatened to pull out if Alvarez didn’t make the weight, however the more likely scenario is he would settle for 10% of Alvarez’ purse ($35,000) in the event Canelo can’t drop the weight. Canelo would also be fined an additional 10% of his purse by the California Commission. Click here for more photos…
Photo: Boricua Boxing
Zab “Super” Judah 138 vs. Kaizer Mabuza 139
(IBF junior welterweight championship)
Tarvis Simms 158 vs. John Mackey 158
Jose Peralta 146 vs. Clifford McPherson 147.5
Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Promoter: Main Events
Note: Sadam Ali’s co-feature fight against Juliano Ramos has fallen through.
Vicente Escobedo 132.4 vs. Walter Estrada 133
Sharif Bogere 137 vs. Shamir Reyes 140.4
Mikael Zewski 152.8 vs. Gerardo Cesar Prieto 158
Michael Finney 146.8 vs. Josh Beeman 147
Randy Caballero 120.2 vs. Hugo Ramos 121.4
Diego Madrigal 123 vs. Juan Sandoval 125.6
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Report by Brady Crytzer
In Thursday night’s main event at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY, Diego Sanchez worked through two swollen eyes and a bleeding mouth to defeat Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann via unanimous decision in an exciting welterweight bout.
With both fighters seeking a sense of direction in the respective careers, Sanchez and Kampmann knew that a win on Thursday may not grant them a title shot, but it would put them back in the running for a contenders fight. Sanchez had made a career being known as “The Nightmare,” but Thursday night he officially changed his nickname to “The Dream” – it was anything but that for the former lightweight title challenger. (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Piotr Wilczewski (29-1, 10 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over hometown favorite Amin Asikainen (28-4, 19 KOs) on Friday night to claim the European super middleweight title at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. The bout was also for the WBO-Intercontinental belt.
Unbeaten light welterweight Denis Shafikov (26-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Nugzar Margvelashvili (18-10, 7 KOs). Margvelashvili took an eight-count in round four after a body punch punch from the southpaw Shafikov, who pretty much did what he wanted to do. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Kamil Krzaczyński
“I wasn’t worried when reading about the possible Wlad Klitschko-David Haye July agreement. They can and should fight; there is so much money to make for both of them and championship belts to get. I will start worrying only when, and if, Vitali loses his upcoming March 19 bout versus Odlanier Solis,” said Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs), who has an agreement to fight one of the Klitschko brothers in September, in his native Poland. For now, Adamek is working in the old Lennox Lewis training battleground, Poconos Mountains, for his upcoming fight against Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KOs) on April 9 in Newark’s Prudential Center. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto
Humberto Soto 139.5 vs. Fidel Monterrosa 139
Alberto Rosas 116 vs. Jesús Vázquez 116.5
Felipe Urucuta 119 vs. José Tamayo 119
Miguel Beltrán 135 vs. Roberto Tamayo 135
Venue: Palenque De La Feria, Tepic
Promotor: Zanfer, Top Rank and Adan Casas Promotions
TV: TV Azteca, Fox Sports
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At Kingsway Gym in NYC, super welterweight Yuri Foreman appeared in top form as he trains for his upcoming match with Pawel Wolak as a part of the Cotto vs. Mayorga SHOWTIME pay-per-view event. March 12th at 9pm ET/6pm PT.
Baltimore Ravens safety Tommy Zbikowski (1-0, 1 KO) confirmed today that he will fight in the opening televised fight on the March 12 Cotto-Mayorga pay-per-view extravaganza at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Zbikowski is preparing for the fight with trainer Orlando Cuellar in Miami. Promoter Bob Arum said Top Rank will keep Zbikowski busy as long as he is available (meaning not playing football while a new collective bargaining agreement is being negotiated by the NFL and the NFL Players Association). Zbikowski was an amateur star before becoming an All-American football player at Notre Dame University. He had one pro fight before joining the NFL.
“It looks better than ever before,” Haye co-promoter Kalle Sauerland told SPOX. “Both sides are showing interest, the talks are in full swing.” Both Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye have recently confirmed that a July 2 clash is a possibility. “When an agreement seemed impossible, the pressure on both Haye and Klitschko increased. The fans, the TV networks, everyone wants to see the fight. So we’ve sat ourselves at the table.”
Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs, IBF #8) spoke to members of the North American media today via conference call from his training camp in Ireland, where he’s preparing for his March 19th showdown at Montreal’s Bell Centre with IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs). Here’s what the mild-mannered, yet hard-hitting challenger had to say about Bute; a fighter who many, Magee included, consider to be the best Super Middleweight in the world. (more…)
Derek Ennis 152.5 vs. Giorbis Barthelemy 155
Isiah Seldon 163.5 vs. Juan Zapata 165
Joey Tiberi 135 vs Shawn Hodson 135.5
Todd Eriksson 165 vs. Lawrence Jones 160.5
Yehudy Vargas 151 vs. Louis Cream 147.5
Althea Saunders 135 vs. Melissa St. Vil 136
Ali Santos 250 vs. Eric Newell 263
Edgardo Torres 135 vs. Marcus Smith 136.5
Venue: New Resort, Atlantic City
Promoter: DeeLee Promotions
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight contender Blake Caparello (6-1, 2 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career when he outpointed former world IBO super middleweight challenger Michael Bolling (12-1, 10 KOs) over eight rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Caparello, boxing from the southpaw stance, dropped Bolling in round one with a left hand bomb. Bolling boxed aggressively but the more effective punches were being delivered by Caparello who consistently connected with solid left crosses and left uppercuts. (more…)
Welterweight Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (41-5-1) continued his winning streak last night by garnishing the Ohio State welterweight title over a game, but outclassed, Brian Camechis (19-4) at the Columbus Convention Center. With superior speed and skills, Clark used effective counter punching to earn the majority decision. Scores were 77-75 twice and 76-76. Clark’s longtime manager Pat Nelson states, “Michael now has a career mark of (6-1) as a welterweight with his lone defeat by majority decision against eventual IBF junior middle champ, Cornelius Bundrage. We are now looking for a major fight in either the welter or junior welter divisions,” Nelson added.
By Jeremy Roseman
Photos courtesy of Team Beltran
Ray Beltran Jr. (23-4, 15 KOs) goes toe-to-toe with Carlos Vinan (10-8-2, 2 KOs) for the vacant USBA lightweight title this Friday in the main event of the “Warner Center War 3” card at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California. Beltran, from Los Angeles, by way of Mexico, TKO’ed lightweight prospect David Torres in his last fight (January 2010) to earn a top 15 ranking in the NABO and USBA.
Vinan, from Newark, NJ by way of Ecuador, shocked former European lightweight champion Anthony Mezaache with an 8th round knockout this past July. Vinan is ranked by the IBF as the #15 contender at lightweight.
Beltran, who is a regular sparring partner for Manny Pacquaio and Amir Khan, trains out of Wildcard Boxing Club under the tutelage of Freddie Roach and former Olympian Pepe Reilly.
Beltran talked with FightNews earlier this week about his showdown with Vinan. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Southern California has seen plenty of rain and cold weather in recent days. As the weather has been erratic lately, professional boxing has been consistent with competitive fight cards lately. Stellar fight cards on the horizon, as two fight cards on Friday night and the big HBO card on Saturday night will highlight the action in the coming days. (more…)
Ismayl Sillakh 174.5 vs. Yordanis Despaigne 172.75
(NABF light heavyweight championship)
Ray Narh 144.5 vs. Freddie Norwood 143.5
Yuandale Evans 133 vs. Eddie Ramirez 134
Yunier Dorticos 197 vs. Epifiano Mendoza 200
Puro Pairol 137 vs. Corey Edwards 138
Venue: Jostens Center, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Promoter: Square Ring
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the night’s main event Diego Sanchez defeated Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision. Kampmann, a former Danish National Kickboxing Champion, battered Sanchez badly in the first round scoring an impressive knockdown with a right cross. In the second Sanchez began to land with looping punches that stunned his taller opponent. In the third, with Sanchez badly bruised, bloodied, and swollen it was the takedowns of “The Nightmare” that appeared to have swayed the judges. Scorecards all read the same, 29-28 in favor of Sanchez. (more…)
Raymundo Beltran 134.2 Carlos Vinan 133.4
Otis Griffin 174.2 Yusaf Mack 174.4
Javier Gallo 117.8 Jose Tapia Araiza 121
Andrey Fedosov 228.6 Byron Polley 261.2
Anatoliy Dudchenko 193.8 Joe Broken Rope 188.6
Hugo Centeno Jr 147 Jesus Vallejo 145.2
Adrienne Alegria 110.6 Blanca Raymundo 112.6
Yolanda Ezell 130 Laura Deanovic 128.6
Promoter: Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing
Venue: Warner Center Marriott
Tickets: (626) 388-8888
By Rocco Morales
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Saul Alvarez: I come prepared, always. It’s going to be a tought fight but I’m going to demonstrate my abilities in the ring. Hatton’s a great warrior but the title is going home with me to Mexico after Saturday night.
Matthew Hatton: Opportunities mean nothing if you don’t take them. I’ve prepared well, trained harder than ever and I’m well capable of winning. As the fight approaches, I am more and more confident every day. I’m going to beat him. I have no doubt in my mind. It’s going to be a great fight and 100% I am going to be the winner.
Ricky Hatton, President, Hatton Promotions: Matthew is a fighter on a good roll. This is his first fight in the super welterweight division but seeing how he’s prepared, he is ready. I have 100% belief in my brother. He is the underdog but he’s made from the same fiber that I am. We’re not here for the payday. We’re here for the belt.
Jose Sulaiman, WBC President: Saul Alvarez and Matthew Hatton will be fighting for the belt that is the dream of many fighters. English fighters come to the ring to give their very very best just like Mexican fighters. They both fight proudly for their countries. Saul Alvarez is a hero in Mexico. He has as strong merits as anyone out there to fight for the title and all the merit in the world to fight for the championship despite the controversy being generated by Top Rank, Bob Arum and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. For more details and photos click here…
Juan Dominguez 124 vs. Gabriel Gomez 124
Mike Ruiz 148.5 vs. Jorge Barajas 147.5
Edward Valdez 132 vs. Angel Torres 134
Jonathan Cuba 137 vs. Eilud Torres 140
Patricia Alcivar 114 vs. Laura Gomez 118.5
Rafael Vazquez 128.25 vs. George Santiago 131
Kamil Laszczyk 128 vs. Emil Brooks 128
Vinny Celentano 228 vs. Richard Mason ??
Venue: Corden Bleu
Promoter: New Legend Boxing Promotions
1st Bell: 7:30 pm
Legendary promoters Bob Arum and Don King took a stroll down memory lane on Thursday, recapping their 80-plus combined years as two of boxing’s biggest and most powerful promoters. The national media conference call also gave Arum and King a chance to discuss the upcoming, highly anticipated world championship event between boxing superstars Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga on Saturday, March 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, produced and distributed LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The event marks the first time in five years that the Hall of Fame promoters have joined forces for a promotion.
Here are some highlights of what Arum and King had to say on Thursday: (more…)
WBC female super welterweight champion Christy Martin suffered a severe training injury and has been forced to withdraw from her rematch against Dakota Stone. Martin-Stone II was scheduled to open the SHOWTIME PPV® broadcast of “Relentless” – headlined by the Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga WBA super welterweight championship – Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand. A replacement bout will be announced on Friday. (more…)
Photos: José Pérez/PR Best Boxing Promotions
Hot flyweight prospect Jonathan Gonzalez was announced today as the new member of the PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) family when the company, in association with Top Rank, signed the fighter. Gonzalez, a Gold Medal winner in the Youth World Amateur Championships in 2008 and a Gold in the Central American and Caribbean Games 2010 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is a 112 pounds and southpaw boxer, who is part of the Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez Team. “I want to thank PR Best Boxing and Top Rank for their confidence in my talent, and I am very grateful to my team, Orlando Piñero, Juanma Lopez, and specially to my father, Luis Gonzalez, who always has beenn with in my career”, Gonzalez said in a press conference held in the Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico in Guaynabo. (more…)
NABF heavyweight champion Johnathon Banks has commented on the fact that his postponed bout against Luan Krasniqi will not be rescheduled at the moment. “I was looking forward to this fight in February and then in April, but now it looks like Krasniqi was pretty sick, so I’ll fight him when he is ready,” stated Banks. “I have trained very hard and will look to see what else is available.”
Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions added, “It’s too bad that this fight got postponed once again, we are all very disappointed, but probably no one more than Krasniqi. Johnathon is the NABF champion and we will look to put him in a fight on one of our other shows.”
By Daniel Hiller / FIGOSport.de
Organizers have been unable to reschedule the heavyweight fight between Luan Krasniqi and Johnathon Banks. Originally, the clash was set for February 26 in Ludwigsburg, Germany, but was postponed when Krasniqi pulled out on one week’s notice with an illness. Because Krasniqi’s health hasn’t improved sufficiently enough for him to resume training, he says he can’t be 100% until May. Unfortunately a fight beyond the end of April isn’t possible as there are no free TV dates available at RTL due to the summer break.
Felix Sturm’s recent bout against Ronald Hearns drew 4.74 million television viewers. The SAT1 network is so impressed that they’ve extended the deal with Sturm’s company Sturm Box-Promotion for another six fights. Sturm is expected to return in June topping a card in his hometown of Cologne against an opponent to be named.
Light heavyweight Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriqi (38-5, 23 KOs) will take on an opponent to be named in a ten round bout on April 2nd at The Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. The Havoc Boxing Promotions fight card will also include undefeated cruiserweight Santer Silgado (18-0, 16 KOs), undefeated jr. lightweight Joselito Collado (11-0, 3 KOs), undefeated light heavyweight Joel Castillo (7-0, 4 KOs) and popular jr. welterweight Tommy Rainone (13-4, 4 KOs) in separate bouts.
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