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Undefeated Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) and Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) will fight for the vacant IBF lightweight world title on Spike TV on December 18 from the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Also on the card, WBA “interim” cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) faces former world cruiserweight world champion Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35 KOs). Also featured on the telecast is undefeated junior middleweight Chris “Young King” Pearson (13-0, 10 KOs) and rising unbeaten prospect Gervonta “Tank” Davis (13-0, 12 KOs) in separate attractions.
Undefeated super welterweight contender Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) is ready to participate in the proposed World Boxing Council (WBC) 154-pound division tournament to determine its successor for retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. Ineligible to be world ranked during his stretch as WBO champion before being stripped for inactivity, Andrade is now rated #3 by the WBC, as well as #4 by the WBO.
“I’m happy to be rated #3 by the WBC and will be honored to participate in its tournament,” Andrade said. “Hopefully, Charlo and Trout will agree to fight in the tournament, so everyone will finally know who #1 in the 154-pound division is. I’m ready to prove myself again and I hope they step up to the challenge, too.”
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
For two-time Mexican Olympian, and WBO #1 ranked featherweight Oscar Valdez, his next fight will be one of the most exciting of his professional career as he is going “home” to fight in Tucson, Arizona. He was born in Nogales, Sonora, but called Tucson home for 10 years as a child.
“Tucson is where I grew up. My parents moved to Tucson right after I born and lived there until I was 10 years old. I went to Manzo Elementary. I have found memories of my time there,” said Valdez, who started boxing in Tucson when he was only eight years old and had his first amateur fight there when he was nine.
Valdez (18-0, 15 KOs) is scheduled to fight Ernie Sanchez (15-6-1, 6 KOs) of the Philippines in the Tucson Arena on Saturday on December 12 on a card that will be televised by Unimas in the United States on its “Solo Boxeo Tecate” boxing series. (more…)
The next two fights have been announced for unbeaten heavyweight Joseph Parker (16-0, 14 KOs). On December 5 at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand, Parker will take on 6’7 Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (14-2-1, 11 KOs). Martz will be both the tallest and youngest opponent that Parker has faced to date.
Then on January 23, Parker heads to his homeland of Samoa, where he faces his first-ever southpaw challenger in the form of Jason Bergman (25-11-2, 16 KOs).
Martz hails from Clarksburg, West Virginia, and Bergman is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both are managed by Pat Nelson.
Trainer Kevin Barry says there is rational behind every opponent choice, “Joe is currently ranked 7th by the WBO and rising fast. Every opponent we face is designed to ready Joe for the ultimate goal of a world title shot. When that opportunity presents itself we must be ready.”
Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing plans to feature a two additional fights on HBO Latino ahead of its previously announced HBO Boxing After Dark card on December 19 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino, in Verona, New York. In the featured main event of the HBO Latino telecast, Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) will take undefeated Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight clash. Also, former world title challenger “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) will face former IBF welterweight champion Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) in a ten-round junior middleweight battle.
As previously announced, on regular HBO it will be heavyweight Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) challenging WBA “interim” heavyweight world champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs), and unbeaten former world champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0, 21 KOs) against Jason “El Canito” Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight rumble.
After his dominant performance this past Saturday when he stopped previously undefeated Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez, former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov is ready for a huge 2016 as he targets the best fighters at junior welterweight and welterweight.
At the top of his list is WBO Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.
Provodnikov’s fight with Rodriguez was his maiden voyage with new trainer Joel Diaz.
“This was a good win for me. I felt confident and my defense already felt better. I know that in the next camp things will come together for me and Joel’s training. My goal for next year is to avenge my losses to Lucas Matthysse, Mauricio Herrera, Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri,” said Provodnikov. (more…)
Anyone who meets Joanna Jedrzejczyk would be hard pressed to reconcile the pleasant and friendly young lady from Poland, the kind of person who ends every email with a smiley face, with the one who wrecks opponents in the Octagon every couple months with an extreme level of precise punishment . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By James Slater
Fresh from appearing in a video that showcased him smashing a full melon over his head in an effort to, well, who knows?, intimidate heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko most probably, unbeaten Tyson Fury has spoken to Sky Sports. And, as his shot at Klitschko nears by the day, Fury has stated how, in his opinion, Klitschko is mentally unravelling day by day.
Fury insists Klitschko is “mentally weak,” and will be “left in tatters” at the conclusion of the November 28th fight set for Dusseldorf. (more…)
In advance of his upcoming move up to the light heavyweight division, WBA super middleweight world champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) is vacating his title. Ward originally claimed the belt in November 2009 with a victory over long-time champion Mikkel Kessler in his opening fight of the Super Six tournament.
Andre Ward: I won the WBA belt for my first world title in 2009 and have defended it six times and it’s been a wonderful ride with the WBA. Gilberto Mendoza and his team have shown me nothing but respect and I’m looking forward to moving up and hopefully winning the WBA light heavyweight belt.
WBA Vice President Gilberto Mendoza Jr: Andre Ward has been one of the finest champions in the WBA super middleweight division’s history. We have always been honored to be represented by such a great athlete, gentleman and incredible role model. We wish him the best success in the future and hope we can facilitate the path to him becoming a two-division world champion at light heavyweight.
Ward’s six successful WBA title defenses came in victories over Allan Green, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson and Edwin Rodriguez.
Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar de la Hoya has written a scathing open letter to recently retired P4P king Floyd Mayweather appearing in the December 2015 issue of Playboy Magazine.
“…Truth be told, I’m not unhappy to see you retire. Neither are a lot of boxing fans. Scratch that. MOST boxing fans. Why? Because the fight game will be a better one without you in it. Let’s face it: You were boring.”
“…Another reason boxing is better off without you: You were afraid. Afraid of taking chances. Afraid of risk.”
“…You’ll be remembered as the guy who made the most money. As for your fights? We’ve already forgotten them.”
“…You have a lot of time and, at the moment, a lot of money. Maybe you’ll put your true skills to work and open a used-car dealership or run a circus. Or maybe you’ll wind up back on Dancing With the Stars. It’s a job that’s safe, pays well and lets you run around on stage. Something you’ve been doing for most of your career.”
On December 11 at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston, eight undefeated prospects with a combined record of 92-0-3 will trade leather in the final ShoBox telecast of 2015.
Headlining the DiBella Entertainment and Savarese Promotions-promoted event will be Regis Prograis (15-0, 12 KOs), who faces Abel Ramos (14-0-2, 9 KOs) in the 10-round super lightweight main event. In the co-feature, Bryant Cruz (16-0, 8 KOs) takes on Wesley Ferrer (10-0, 5 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout.
Rounding out the telecast, fast-rising Ivan Baranchyk (8-0, 7 KOs) faces Andrew Ruiz (9-0, 5 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight bout and Steed Woodall (8-0-1, 5 KOs) and Steve Rolls (12-0, 6 KOs) clash in an eight-round middleweight match.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It was officially announced that the WBA International 2015 KO Drugs Festival will be held on December 17 at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City. In the main event, Panamanian Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (33-4, 24 KOs) will defend the WBA “interim” flyweight world title against former world champion Giovani Segura (32-4-1, 28 KOs).
The co-feature will be between local favorite Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales (18-1, 6 KOs) against Juan “El Mozo” Rodriguez (28-5, 25 KOs) for the WBA “interim” super featherweight world title. (more…)
The World Boxing Council is formulating a plan for the winners of championship bouts to receive a ten percent cash bonus. The incentive boost, based upon a winning performance, has already been discussed at the WBC’s Convention in Kunming. At the WBC’s weekly press conference, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stressed this would be an important motivation, on top of their already agreed purse. He also pointed out that up to now, boxing has lagged behind other sports, offering no bonus for a victory.
Light heavyweights Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) and Michael Seals (19-0, 14 KOs) arrived to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Wednesday and had a lot to say about Friday night’s Spike TV-televised matchup at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Edwin Rodriguez: This guy [Michael Seals] is undefeated. That’s one challenge. His mentality. He doesn’t know how to lose. I need to come out and convince him that he can. That’s the first battle. You need to convince them, ‘it’s time for you to lose now, I’m better than you.’ He has a good jab and good power. I need to be aware that he can punch.
Michael Seals: Edwin is an experienced fighter. He’s fought some great opposition, but he has a loss on his record. I do not and its going to stay that way on November 13…a win on Friday means another step toward a world title shot. That is the goal. To fight for a world title and I have to beat Edwin Rodriguez to get it. He is standing in my way.
40-year-old two-time world champion Anthony Mundine says he’s through fighting in the 154lb division after a four-knockdown TKO loss to Charles Hatley on Wednesday night. But he didn’t rule out fighting again in a higher weight class. “To be honest, I just want to spend time with my family and get my body right,” Mundine told news.com.au. “Once I get my body right I’ll get my mind right and I’ll figure out what I want to do. If I call it a day or have a showdown. I’ve come back from this position before. I got dropped five times by Joshua Clottey and came back to be world silver champion. I know what I’m capable of. It’s just if my mind and heart is in it.”
As for Danny Green’s calls for a rematch? “I don’t really care what he’s saying or what he’s doing,” Mundine stated. “He’s built his whole career on me.”
Roc Nation Sports’ founder JAY Z and Golden Boy Promotions’ chairman and CEO Oscar De Lay Hoya have entered into a friendly wager with one another staking claim that their respective boxer will capture the win when Miguel Cotto faces Canelo Alvarez in a middleweight world championship mega-fight on Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. JAY Z and Oscar decided to place a $100,000 bet with the winner’s earnings going towards their philanthropic endeavors. If Cotto and JAY Z come out on top, Oscar will donate $100,000 to the Shawn Carter Foundation. In similar fashion, if Canelo beats Cotto, JAY Z will donate $100,000 to Oscar’s efforts at the White Memorial Medical Center’s cancer unit.
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Last night in Zwevezele, Belgium Delfine Persoon retained her WBC Female Lightweight title with a unanimous decision in a hard fought battle against former EBU championness Maiva Hamadouche of France.
In front of 2200 fans, in a soldout sporthal De Zwaluw, Persoon had to dig deep in most of the rounds to keep of a well deserving Hamadouche. The difference in experience in some exchange have made the difference on the 3 scorecards. It was scored 96-94 (Dolpierre), 97-93 (Pobyvailo) and 98-93 (Verwijs). It was a war from start till finish in every second of the fight. Both girls gave all they had in several long and fiery exchanges.
On the undercard Yves Ngabu grabbed the vacant WBC Francophone cruiserweight title with a dramatic first round knockout against French champion Engin Karakaplan. Karakaplan needed several minutes to recover.
Belgian based Tunisian Hedi Slimani edged a unanimous but very close decision against experienced South African Mzonke Fana. Fana schooled the local boy in the early rounds but faded in the second part of the fight. It was scored 115-113 (Van de Wiele), 116-113 (Pobyvailo) and 118-110 (Dolpierre). Slimani won the vacant African Boxing Union Lightweight title.
Sasha Yengoyan, probably trailing on points after 9 rounds, stopped Ahmed Boussaidi in the 10th and last round. Boussaidi was also down in round 6 but outboxed most of the time the hard hitting Yengoyan. Yengoyan chased all night Boussaidi but Boussaidi was quicker and had smarter boxing to win most of the rounds.
Weights/photos: Bob Ryder
Pete Cantu 143.2 vs Eric Hall 138.8
Willie Fortune 159.8 vs Dedrick Bell 154.4
Darryl Cunningham 159.8 vs Jeremy Marts 160.8
Alejandro Hernandez 155 vs Chris Tickle 151
Antonio Wade 154.8 vs Gustavo Rodriguez 155
John Chalbeck 151.2 vs Quintez Bozell 151.2
Haider Mansour 189.8 vs Michael Shipp 188.2
Josh Parisian 284 vs Eric Moon 203.2
Tommy Bagnasgo 156.6 vs David Kubacki 152.8
Rick Morias 183.8 vs Anthony Smith 186
Promoter: Greg Ahrens
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Venue: Sound Board, MotorCity Casino-Hotel
Doors: 7 PM
First Fight: 7:30
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the Jonathan Ogden Benefit Boxing card “An Evening Ringside” at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD:
Jennifer Salinas 127 1/2 vs. Melissa St. Vil 129 1/2
Tyrieshia Douglas 114 1/2 vs. Nydia Feliciano 117 1/2
Ed Brown 145 1/2 vs. Kevin Womack, Jr. 142 1/2
Joshua Davis 130 1/2 vs. Justin Lopez 127
Chris Alexander 139 vs. Leonardo Kenon 137 1/2
Alexander of Norfolk, VA (4-1, three KO’s) competes for the first time since suffering his first loss in April of 2014 by four-round unanimous decision to Jose Valderrama in Washington, DC. Kenon hails from Florida (0-2) and lost to Sidney Maccow on February 20 in Happauge, NY. The bout is scheduled for four rounds.
WBA super lightweight “super” champion Adrien Broner rips into Floyd Mayweather for nearly eleven minutes. AB went public since “Money May” isn’t currently taking his calls (warning: f-bombs in abundance).
Adrien Broner: You said sone sh!t about me winning my fourth world title. Well I learned this sh!t from you, right? You told me this out of your own mouth. You said ‘We are in boxing to get the biggest reward for less punishment.’ That’s what you told me! So for you to go talk about one of my accomplishments and downplay something that I did, that’s f***ed up! When ain’t no TMT fighter got four world championships in four weight classes. Only you. So how could you downplay some sh!t that I did? I don’t give a f*** if I fought your assistant for my last fight. I’m still a four-time world champion. At the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, I’m gonna go in the history books as a four-time world champion in four different weight classes if I quit boxing today.
And then you said some sh!t like if I’m disrespecting you, I’m disrespecting Al Haymon. But that’s a contradicting-ass saying because Al Haymon is the one who got me the f***ing fight! I ain’t going out and picking these motherf***ers. I don’t go out and pick these motherf***ers. I don’t know these motherf***ers from Russia. I ain’t never heard of him! So with you saying you’d be ashamed, you wouldn’t call yourself a world champion, YOU’RE the one disrespecting Al Haymon! And you said if I’m disrespecting Al Haymon I’m disrespecting you, so you’re disrespecting yourself n****. How you want respect when you disrespect yourself? C’mon Floyd. This sh!t lame bro. Pick up your phone and call me.
Fight fans are invited to take pics and get autographs with WBO #1 ranked featherweight Oscar Valdez – who grew up in Tucson – and WBA interim 140lb champion Jose Benavidez at 11AM on Thursday at a press conference taking place at the Tucson Arena in Tucson, Arizona. Both fighters will be in action on December 12 in UniMas-televised bouts in the same arena. Valdez (18-0, 15 KOs) will take on Ernie Sanchez (15-6-1, 6 KOs). The opponent for Benavidez (23-0, 16 KOs) will be announced soon (the name of Brazilian Sidney Siqueira (26-10-1, 17 KOs) has been mentioned).
The Top Rank undercard bouts will include unbeaten super middleweight Jesse Hart (18-0, 15 KOs) of Philadelphia. He is the son of Philadelphia legendary star attraction Eugene Cyclone Hart. Olympic middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcoa (11-0) of Brazil is also on the card, as is hard-punching junior welterweight Alex Saucedo (20-14 KOs) of Oklahoma City.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will oversee the press conference.
By Robert Coster
Unheralded Spaniard Juli Giner (18-1, 8 KOs) caused a major upset with an eighth round TKO over WBA #2, WBC #3, IBF #3 jr Lightweight contender and European champion Romain Jacob (23-1, 7 KOs) with the European belt at stake. Native son Jacob, France’s brightest hope for a world title, was knocked down hard by a right cross to the chin, got up on wobbly legs and was unable to defend himself. The fight was held Tuesday in the city of Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, in front a stunned audience of 2,500 French fans.
By Robert Hough
Miguel Cotto said Wednesday his upcoming fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be one of his last trips to the ring. Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) faces Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) on Nov. 21 in a long-anticipated middleweight fight; the 35-year-old made his pro in February, 2001. “Boxing, it’s the only thing I know to do in life,” Cotto, said on a conference call to discuss the Las Vegas fight. “I’m doing it for the benefit of the community and my family. I said once that I said once that I would retire before I was 30 and I’m 35 now, but I’m going to be in boxing no longer than a year from now.”
While the Caguas, Puerto Rico, resident said the end is near, he’s focused on making good use of his still-formidable physical ability and everything he’s learned.
“Now, at this moment, I’m looking for the perfect opportunity and occasion to hit my opponent – and that can only arrive with experience. I have 36 minutes to beat my opponent and I use every second of that.”
The fight will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas; it will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The fight will also be shown in a number of movie theaters.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Pretty Argentine girl Daniela Bermudez (18-3-2, 6 KOs), 114, kept her WBO junior bantamweight belt as she finely displayed her superiority in skills, power and experience in lopsidedly battering elongated Japanese fashion model and OPBF titlist Tomomi Takano (8-2, 5 KOs), 115, into submission at 1:26 of the fourth round in a scheduled ten on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Bermudez took the initiative with her opening attack to the 5’10” lanky challenger, who had entered the paid ranks with serving as picturesque model. The shorter but sharper champ accelerated her attack as the contest progressed, and finally caught Takano and badly dropped her to the canvas with a flurry of solid combinations. As Takano looked unable to stand up and resume fighting, her corner wisely tossed in the towel for surrender. In Japan, a towel-tossing during the referee’s counting is ruled to be registered as knockout, not TKO, so it’s Bermudez’s KO victory here. Bermudez, who is nicknamed “La Bonita,” looked simply too much for the highly anticipated but unfruitful sensation Takano. The ref was Danrex Tapdasan (Philippines). (more…)
UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles lays out everything leading up to UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm on Saturday in Australia. Don’t miss Friday’s Q&A, the official weigh-ins and, of course, UFC 193 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Dallas super welterweight Charles Hatley (26-1-1, 18 KOs) scored an exciting eleventh round TKO over two-time world champion Anthony Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Hatley dropped Mundine three times in round two, but “The Man” survived and stayed in the fight although he continued to get the worst of it. After round eight, the WBC’s open scoring showed Mundine behind by five, eleven and nine points. Needing a knockout, the game 40-year-old Mundine dropped Hatley in round ten. However, Hatley responded by flooring Mundine for the fourth time in round eleven and got the stoppage with his fierce follow up barrage prompting Mundine’s corner to throw in the towel. The Texan claimed Mundine’s WBC silver super welterweight title with the win.
Earlier, former light heavyweight world title challenger Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (22-1-1, 6 KOs) outpointed Luke Sharp (13-3-3, 6 KOs) over six rounds.
Liverpool and Manchester will clash in the boxing ring with a world title on the line for the first time in a staggering 82 years when scouser WBO world super-welterweight champion Liam Smith (21-0-1, 11 KOs) defends his title against undefeated Mancunian challenger Jimmy Kelly (16-0, 7 KOs) on December 19th at the Manchester Arena. Smith-Kelly joint headlines a double world-title show alongside the middleweight collision between WBO world champion Andy Lee and mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders.
Undefeated world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo and former five-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will host a press conference Thursday at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan to announce their December 11 fights to be televised live on the “MetroPC Friday Night Knockout on truTV.”
Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) will be making his homecoming fight a 10-round defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title against Josenilson Dos Santos (25-3, 15 KOs). Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs), on the cusp of another world title shot, will be challenging WBO International junior featherweight champion Cesar Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs) in a 12-round rumble.
The venue for the fights has been confirmed as the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Tensions ran high at yesterday’s ‘Bad Blood’ press conference ahead of the Danish mega-fight between Patrick Nielsen (27-1, 13 KOs) and Rudy Markussen (39-3, 26 KOs) on December 12 at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen. With a date and venue confirmed, the bitter rivals wasted no time renewing hostilities, exchanging insults before having to be pulled apart during the customary face-to-face photographs.
“I can’t wait to for this fight,” said Nielsen. “It’s no secret we don’t like each other. He is trying to take what is mine and for that he must pay. I’m younger, faster, stronger and hungrier. There is no way I can lose. The guy is a has-been. He had his shot and he quit on his knee. I’ll beat him worse than Magee and send him back into retirement.”
“This is the first time I’ve fought an opponent I genuinely don’t like,” revealed Markussen, the former European Champion. “I really have to struggle to control myself and act like an adult when he’s around. The boy needs a kick in the ass, and that’s what he will get on December 12.”
A moment of light relief came when a fan dressed as a chicken stormed the press conference and declared his support for Markussen in a throw back to Nielsen’s earlier claims that former World title challenger was afraid to face him. “Rudy you are inspiration for all the chickens in Denmark,” exclaimed the chicken, before being ejected by security.
By their very nature, fighter are a nomadic breed. Training and the effort to expand one’s skill set often requires athletes to set out into the world to find coaches and fellow fighters who will help them push toward the next level of their progression. Even if they can find what they need within a comfortable distance, competing in the sport they’ve committed to will undoubtedly take them into foreign lands to exercise their craft . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Carl Froch has a message for James DeGale
Amir Khan waits again for Manny Pacquiao
Timothy Bradley confident about fighting Pacquiao again
Basilio, Zale champion belts stolen from Boxing HOF
Photos: Josh Jordan/Premier Boxing Champions
Bantamweight underdog Karim Guerfi (22-3, 6 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (25-2-2, 15 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Austin City Music Hall in Austin, Texas. Although Gonzalez Jr. came out strong and knocked Guerfi down in round one, the tenacious Guerfi came back to dominate the fight. Gonzales appeared to suffer an injury to his right hand in the first round. The scores were 97-92, 96-93, 95-94.
Unbeaten jr lightweight Mario Barrios (13-0, 7 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Enrique Tinoco (15-3-2, 11 KOs). Although Barrios controlled the action, Tinoco came to fight and made Barrios work for the victory. The scores were 78-74 for all three judges in favor of Barrios.
Undefeated featherweight prospect Miguel Flores (18-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round KO over Ghanaian Olympian Alfred “The Stinging Bee” Tetteh (23-5-1, 20 KOs). Flores aggressively controlled the fight from the start. In round two Flores landed a left hook to the body on Tetteh, knocking him out cold. Time of the stoppage was 1:10.
The #1 ranked featherweight in the world Oscar Valdez is coming home to Tucson. Valdez (18-0, 15 KOs), who grew up in Tucson, will take on Ernie Sanchez (15-6-1, 6 KOs) of The Philippines at the Tucson Arena on Saturday, December 12. Valdez is the WBO #1 world rated featherweight.
Jose Benavidez (23-0, 16 KOs), the powerful unbeaten junior welterweight from Phoenix, will also appear on the big Top Rank card. Benavidez is the interim WBA 140-pound champion.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will outline the big fight card at the press conference on Thursday, November 12, 11 am at the Tucson Arena. The card will be televised by Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas.
Tickets $75, $50 and $25 will be available at the Tucson Convention Center Ticket Office, any Ticketmaster location, ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 800 745 3000.
By Karl Freitag
Former WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane “B WARE” Stiverne (24-2-1, 21 KOs) returns to the ring this weekend for the first time since losing his world title to Deontay Wilder in January. Stiverne will face Derric Rossy (30-10, 14 KOs) in a ten round clash at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Showtime will be televising three bouts on the card, but apparently to the Showtime brass the comeback of the former world heavyweight champion doesn’t rate over young prospects matched fairly soft in eight round encounters.
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