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By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded Ryol-li Lee (AKA Retsuri Lee; 13-1-1, 7 KOs), 125.25, a Japan-based Korean, scored a stunning upset victory as he kept moving well and effectively countered WBA#8 ex-world challenger Hiroyuki Enoki (28-2-2, 20 KOs), 126, winning a split but well-received decision (97-93, 97-94 and 95-97) over ten heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Having failed to win the WBA feather belt from Indonesian Chris John via hard-fought unanimous decision last October, Enoki engaged in his second comebacking bout after his third-round demolition of Indonesian national champ Aldi Diego this March. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Hard-punching perennial contender, OPBF#1 Katsuhiko Iezumi (26-7-3, 19 KOs), 108, seized the interim OPBF 108-pound belt by decking a dramatic TKO win over OPBF#2 Tsutomu Yamanaka (17-2, 6 KOs), 108, at 2:49 of the eighth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
In a clash of former Olympic silver medalists, Amir Khan (21-1, 15 KOs) won the WBA super lightweight championship by outboxing reigning titleholder Andreas Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Khan, who moved up from lightweight, was busier in round one. Kotelnik upped the pressure in round two as Khan boxed from long range. That was pattern of the fight as the counter-puncher Kotelnik was forced to take more of an aggressor’s role against the fleet-footed youngster’s long range sharp-shooting. Good two-way action at times, but Khan’s strategy to quickly move in and out paid dividends on the scorecards. Scores were 120-108, 118-111, 118-111.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (18-0, 13 KOs) may have ended the career of former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (29-4, 22 KOs), brutally stopping him in round three. Maccarinelli was never down, but was being punished severely by Ledebev when the bout was waved off. With the win, Ledebev claims the vacant WBO Intercontinental title. Macca, who has now lost three of four, had vowed to retire if Lebedev beat him. (more…)
By Lee Bates reporting from Colombia
Former WBA light flyweight interim champion Cesar Canchila (28-2, 22 KOs) of Monteria, Colombia got back in the win column with a fifth round TKO victory of Venezualan Carlos Luis Campos (14-4, 8 KOs). The bout was a bit of a homecoming for Canchila as it took place at the Coliseo Miguel ‘Happy’ Lora in Monteria, Colombia. Canchila was in control from the opening bell punishing Campos throughout the bout with solid combinations. The bout was stopped by the referee in round five on advice of the ringside physician. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Rising Welsh light heavyweight star Nathan Cleverly (17-0, 7 KOs) added the vacant British national belt to the already owned Commonwealth 175lb title with a devastating seventh-round TKO over Danny McIntosh (10-1, 4 KOs), dealing the first career loss to his opponent. Cleverly (WBC #12 and WBA/IBF/WBO #14), a terrific body puncher of his own right, started to work McIntosh’s body from the outset but was hitting too low and was warned twice in the opening round by the referee. In round two, the Welshman landed a monstrous left to the liver and added a right hook to put Norwich native for the first time. McIntosh stood up but almost immediately went down again after another huge right. McIntosh literally jumped back in Jackie Chan style. It was a miracle, how he survived till the end of the second round though. In the third, Cleverly stalked his foe again and down went McIntosh for third time. Moments later he was decked once more but now from the illegal push. However, he recovered well and lasted till the end of the third. Tired Cleverly was less active in round four but McIntosh was too beaten to deal any backfire to his future conqueror. The fifth and the sixth stanzas were in Nathan’s favor. The end came in round seven. Cleverly dropped his opponent again after the right and McIntosh fascinatingly stood up again. However, after another of Nate’s combination the fight was stopped in his favor. The fourth straight knockout win for the 22-year-old Welshman. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA #4 middleweight Avtandil Khurtsidze (19-1-2, 12 KOs) retained his WBA Intercontinental title for the third time with a convenient win over Belgian Jamel Bahki (19-3, 5 KOs), who lost inside the distance for the first time in the career. The fight was a headliner of the K2 East-promoted show in Odessa, Ukraine. The short and stocky Kiev-based Georgian (5’4”) started to press his opponent from the starting bell, going right to him, using a peek-a-boo style of defense. Longer but weaker Bahki was unable to stop him in his shoes and was often punished in the ropes. In round three, Khurtsidze increased his tempo and put his Belgian foe down with ten seconds remaining in the stanza. Bahki continued to fight back in rounds four and five but was on receiving end of the punches and got beat badly. The Belgian’s corner waved the fight off immediately after the fifth stanza.
Also, world rated Ukrainian light heavyweight stalwart Vyacheskav Uzelkov moved to 21-0, with 13 KOs, after an easy annihilation of hugely overmatched Romanian Istvan Varga (14-8, 5 KOs). (more…)
Breidis Prescott might’ve gained his limelight with a one-round destruction of Amir Khan, last year in England, but, last night at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, the undefeated Colombian “Khanqueror” lost it in ten to underdog Mexican Miguel Vasquez.
Taking the fight on two weeks notice, the Mexican who goes by the nickname of “Titere” (Puppet), proved anything but, weathering a first round knockdown and dozens of chopping right hands that would’ve killed a hundred rabbits, in his thrilling split decision victory over Prescott . . . Click here for more
By Bob Ryder
Fighting for the first time since signing with DiBella Entertainment, Isiah Thomas was impressive in scoring a solid fourth round TKO over Jeffrey Osborne Friday night at downtown Detroit’s Majestic Theatre. Light heavyweight Thomas had chalked up easy first round KOs in his first 3 fights against novice opposition, but was facing a stiffer task in experienced Osborne of Davenport, IA. Thomas scored knockdowns in the first, third and fourth rounds but each time the ultra game Osborne battled back despite being cut and battered. Isiah also had some anxious moments. After his elbow collided with the top of Osborne’s head in the first, Thomas spent the rest of the round and most of the second visibly rubbing and favoring his left forearm. “I had to fight my way through it,” Thomas told Fightnews. “As the fight went on, the pain went away and I’m fine now,” Thomas related in his dressing room. “I’m in great condition and going almost 4! rounds was no problem. I’m excited having Lou DiBella representing me and I’m looking forward to my next fight in Rochester, New York in August,” exclaimed the happy Detroiter. In the fourth, bleeding from cuts on his forehead and nose, Osborne was still hanging in when referee Ron Cunningham decided to wave it off at 1:51. Jeffrey was upset with the stoppage but in reality had no chance of winning and Cunningham likely saved him from further unnecessary punishment. Thomas is now (4-0, 4 KOs) while Osborne falls to (8-14-2). Continue for results and more photos…
By Edgar Gonzalez at ringside
Thompson Boxing Promotions brought boxing back to the Omega Products International in Corona, California on Friday night with a card titled “New Blood V” featuring unbeaten lightweight Daniel “El Travieso” Hernandez (7-0, 4 KO) who won a unanimous decision over veteran fighter Jovann Jones (9-6, 4KO) of San Diego, CA. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Barring a last-minute change in schedule, Manny Pacquiao will fly to Los Angeles on Sunday night in time for a meeting with Top Rank big boss Bob Arum on Monday in an effort to discuss–or even finalize–the planned Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao will also take the opportunity to be with his loved ones–wife Jinkee and kids–on the way back to Manila. Jinkee and the Pacquiao kids have been in the US the last two weeks. (more…)
Promoter Brian Young of Prize Fight Promotions returns to Fitzgerald Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi this Saturday, July 18th with the fan-favorite “Fights at The Fitz” series. The five bout fight card features the crowd pleasing Tyrese “Head Honcho” Hendrix (16-0, 6 KOs) against Robbie “Peashooter” Cannon (12-3, 6 KOs) in the eight-round lightweight main event. “I am pleased to showcase Tyrese again at The Fitz,” said Young. “Tyrese is the future of the lightweight division!”
Below are the official weights for the “Fights at The Fritz” participants:
Tyrese Hendrix 136 vs. Robbie Cannon 135 1/2
Nicole Woods 148 vs. Kita Watkins 149
Anthony Doughty 179 vs. Cody Kennedy 177
Xavier Burgos 140 1/2 vs. Jamar Saunders 139
Randy Johnson 221 vs. Larry Slayton 252
WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (32-2-1, 13 KOs) is set to defend his world title tonight against British hope Amir Khan (20-1, 15 KOs) in front of a huge crowd at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. “I am very well prepared and ready to go twelve rounds,” said Kotelnik this week. “For me this fight is an important step in the boxing world, especially in my weight class, to further position myself for other big fights — I’d like to fight in America. I won’t make a prediction on the outcome against the young Amir Khan. He’s a quick guy, but I have the means to hit him and to take the belt home with me again. The experience speaks for me. In addition, my faith makes me strong. God will accompany and protect me in this fight.“ (more…)
Promoter Bob Duffy of Ring Promotions returns to the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY this Saturday with a eight-bout fight card featuring heavyweight prospect Tor Hamer (6-0, 5 KOs) battling Marcus Dickerson (4-1-1, 2 KOs) in the main event. The card will be held outdoors but will be moved indoors if it rains. Barbecued food and cigars are available for purchase, and a live band will perform following the main event. “Great food, cigars, boxing and live music,” said Duffy. “It’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.” This will be Duffy’s fifth fight card at Plattduetsche. The doors open at 3pm and the first bout begins at 4pm. Tickets are $50 (ringside) or $30 and can be purchased at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant (516-354-3131).
Below are the official weights of the participants:
Tor Hamer 221 vs. Marcus Dickerson 211
Issouf Kinda 142 vs. Fernando Basora 141 1/2
Jarrell Miller 252 vs. Darius Whitson 204 1/2
Marcus Bianconi 163 vs. Juan Zapata 164
Brian Hart 166 vs. Fasika Bezabeh 166
Steve Ormond 134 vs. Israel Suarez 133
Chris Algieri 140 1/2 vs. Jose Guzman 138
Jasques Louis N/A vs. K.C. Cunningham 230
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Heavyweight contender and former world title challenger Lance “Mount” Whitaker (33-5-1, 27 KOs) returned with a win against Danny Batchelder (25-7-1, 12 KOs), taking a ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA. Batchelder started strong, however Whitaker dominated the middle rounds to take a 96-94 nod on all cards. Click for full details and more photos…
On July 13, 2009 the IBF ordered IBF jr. bantamweight champion Vic Darchinyan and mandatory challenger Simphiwe Nongqayi to begin negotiations. The IBF has since received a written certification from Branco Sports Productions who represents Simphiwe Nongqayi, stating that they were not willing to participate in negotiations and therefore requested an immediate purse bid according to IBF Rule 10A. Therefore, the IBF will call for purse bids at IBF Headquarters on Tuesday (7/28) at noon.
By Ryan Macalua at ringside
In front of a packed Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, WBO Latin super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (16-0-1, 13 KOs), son of the legend Wilfredo “El Orgullo” Vazquez Sr. (56-9-2, 41 KOs), remained undefeated and impressively scored an explosive second round knockout over four-time world title challenger Cecilio “Boga” Santos (23-11-3, 13 KOs) on Friday night in Kissimmee, Florida. Vazquez effectively established his jab to keep his opponent at bay and to control most of the first round. After what seemed like a cautious opening round, Vazquez became more aggressive in round two landing a short left hook, opening a cut to Santos’ right eye. Vazquez then smothered his opponent as he unleashed furious combinations overwhelming his opponent. He eventually landed a vicious left hook to Santos’ body that sent him down for good. Time was 2:59 in the second round. A KO victory for Vazquez who finished in stunning fashion. (more…)
In a stunning upset, unheralded Miguel Vazquez (25-3, 12 KOs) outworked previously unbeaten WBA #5/WBC #7 lightweight Breidis Prescott (21-1, 18 KOs) to win a ten round split decision on Friday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Prescott, best known for his one round KO of Amir Khan, dropped Vazquez with a jab in round one, but the awkward Vazquez gave Prescott fits for the rest of the fight. Vazquez was able to repeatedly score while frustrating Prescott whose eye was badly swollen at the end. Scores were 95-94, 96-93 for Vazquez, 97-92 Prescott.
Former world amateur champion Erislandy Lara (7-0, 4 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over veteran Darnell Boone (16-12-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super welterweight bout Scores were 59-55, 60-54, 60-54.
Two-time Olympic gold medal winner (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004) Guillermo Rigondeaux (2-0, 2 KOs) took out Roberto Guillen (4-3-3, 0 KOs) with a body shot at 2:57 of round one in a super bantamweight bout.
2004 Olympic silver medal winner Yudel Jhonson (2-0, 1 KO) outpointed Justin Paulo (1-1, 0 KOs) in a one-sided four-round super welterweight bout. Scores were 40-36 on all cards.
Unbeaten Philadelphia light welterweight “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (14-0-1, 8 KOs) methodically broke down hometown favorite Josh “Bam Bam” Beeman (4-4-3, 2 KOs) en route to an impressive victory by fifth-round knockout on Friday night at the Twin River Casino, last night at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. “I put him away with a left hook to the chest, followed by a left hook to the head,” Lundy explained about the ending. “I’m ready to fight for a title with any of the big boys who want to deal with ‘Hammerin’” Hank. My opponents are scared when they fight me. When he was talking trash at the press conference, I knew he was scared and I already had him beat. All I had to do was finish it in the ring.” (more…)
Wake: Sunday (7/19) Maison Funeraire Magnus Poirier, 10300 Pix-IX, Montreal, Canada, (514) 727-2847 – 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm.
Funeral: Monday (7/20) Church – Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense, 6800 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montreal, Canada, tel. 277-6522 11am
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF Pan Pacific bantamweight champion Thantong Kiattaweesuk (12-0) scored a impressive four round stoppage over 5 foot 10 inch Bogie Delada (13-2) at the Jiranakhon Stadium, Hatyai City, Sogkla Province, South Thailand on Friday. The rangy Delada scored with accurate combinations in round one but the champion found the range for his power combinations in round two and slowly chopped down his opponent. Kiattweesuk dropped Delada in round four and shortly after referee Yongsak Na Songkla saved the game for Delada from further punishment. Click here for more photos…
Tomas Rojas 115 vs Everardo Morales 114
(Interim WBC super flyweight title)
Titi Maldonado 116 vs Rodrigo Guerrero 116
Panchito Sierra 174 vs Rene Fernandez 173
Hansel Martínez 111 vs Juan Pérez 111.5
Omar Chavez 141 vs Marco Nazareth 142
Venue: Centro de Convenciones, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer Boxing
TV: TV Azteca and Azteca América Click here for more photos…
Son of the legend, undefeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. shows that he is ready to go during final preparations Friday at The Summit boxing gym in Big Bear Lake, Ca. for his upcoming “Latin Fury 10″ main event fight. Chavez Jr. takes on Jason LeHoullier on Top Rank’s live Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Click for more photos
By David Robinett at ringside
Before his fight Thursday night against Travis Walker at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California, heavyweight Manuel Quezada acknowledged the significance of the bout and the difficulty of his assignment. “By far he [Walker] is the biggest challenge I’ve had,” said Quezada. “It’s the type of high-profile fight I need to get me to world championship level.” Aside from defending his WBC Caribbean Heavyweight title (which oddly always seems contested in California), Quezada was on the cusp of his first top-10 sanctioning body ranking, currently ranked #11 by the WBC. Quezada seemed unfazed however and eager for the fight, promising “I will not let my fans down at Tachi.” Click for more results and photos…
Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez discussed their fight, training and other topics with the media this week in preparation for September 19 PPV clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “The biggest fight in boxing is Mayweather vs. anyone. It doesn’t matter who I fight,” stated Floyd. “I don’t call out or chase opponents. Opponents have to chase me. “It’s like a t-bone steak. Basically I ate all the meat off the steak and then threw them the bone….I’m going down in history as one of the best, one of the best of all time, if not the best.” Marquez stated, “Obviously, I have a lot of heart. I’m Mexican. I like to get up there. I like to fight. Winning will be the gift of my life (Marquez celebrates his birthday August 23).” (more…)
By Lee Bates
As reported earlier on Fightnews, boxing is returning to the Club Nokia and the main event is now officially set. Oscar De La Hoya´s Golden Boy Promotions hot prospect Charles Huerta (11-0, 7 KOs) will look to remain unbeaten, as will his opponent Derrick Wilson (4-0-1, 1 KO), when the two square off in a six round featherweight main event July 30th. The bout will be televised on the Versus network from the Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. (more…)
WBA welterweight champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley announced today that he is prepared to fight at 140 pounds if a bout for Manny Pacquiao’s IBO junior welterweight championship can be arranged. “There is unfinished business to take care of. I have never fought at junior welterweight, but I’m ready to fight at 140 now. I am coming after Pacquiao’s belt. This is the fight the fans want and I’m prepared to give it to them. It’s up to Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao to stop running from me and step up to the challenge. Let’s meet in the ring at 140. I want to reclaim the title of best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. First Pacquiao, then Mayweather—I’m ready to put all of the naysayers to rest.” Pacquiao is expected to next face Miguel Cotto in November, while Mayweather has a September date with Mosley’s Golden Boy stablemate Juan Manuel Marquez.
Evangelista Cotto, the well known trainer, manager and uncle of WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, today filed a lawsuit against his nephew. The lawsuit alleges that Miguel Cotto breached a management contract signed in January of 2001. According to the complaint, Miguel Cotto owes his uncle and former manager millions of dollars. Additionally, Evangelista Cotto has filed suit based on a highly publicized April 7 incident in which Evangelista claims Miguel unjustly and surprisingly punched him, causing him serious physical and emotional damages. “This has been a very difficult situation for me and my family. I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone. It is very painful to have to accept that a person that is so close to you for so many years could act like Miguel has acted”, said Evangelista Cotto in a statement. “Many things have been said about the incident and about me that are not true. My hope is that this process will allow the truth to be known.”
Andreas Kotelnik 140 vs Amir Khan 139.6
(WBA super lightweight championship)
Venue: M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
By Nick Giongco
With plenty of spare time, boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao made a surprise visit to a place in Metro Manila which holds a special place in his heart. On Thursday afternoon, coming from appearing on a TV noontime variety show, Pacquiao motored to Malabon during a pouring rain and fulfilled a commitment that he made to somebody close to his heart. Lounell Correa, son of the late Malabon construction magnate Leopold ‘Polding’ Correa, told the Bulletin that Pacquiao dined in their sprawling property from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. and “relived the good old days” in the company of lawyer Jeng Gacal and Canadian associate Mike Koncz. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Fightnews reported earlier in the week that undefeated junior featherweight world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (26-0, 24 KOs) was nominated for “Most Promising Sport Star” on Univision’s award show “Premios Juventud.” Well the results are in and Lopez won the award yesterday in Miami, Florida beating out several other well known Latino athletes from a variety of different professional sports. Lopez will head back to Puerto Rico Friday evening.
See Roy Jones Jr and Jeff Lacy announce their August 15 collision that will take place in Biloxi, MS. The press conference took place at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on Wednesday.
By Alexey Potapov
Team Klitschko has informed Fightnews.com that WBC heavyweight champion “Dr. Ironfist” Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) will defend against former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) on September 12 at the 52,300-seat Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. The stdium is the home of the Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. It will be the second consecutive stadium show for the über-popular Klitschko brothers. Haye was originally scheduled to fight on June 20th against WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight king “Dr. Steelhammer” Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs) at the Veltins Arena football stadium in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, but pulled out due to an injury.
By Lee Bates
An informed source has told us that Gary Shaw Productions has inked unbeaten power punching middleweight prospect Tyrone Brunson (19-0-1, 19 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to an exclusive promotional agreement. Brunson is best known in boxing circles for breaking world champion Edwin Valero’s record for consecutive first-round knockouts to begin a career. In his last bout nearly a year ago (August 2008) Brunson was held to a six round draw with Antonio Soriano then (12-9-1, 6 KOs). To date the level of opposition Brunson has faced has been limited with only two opponents having winning records, Soriano being one of them. Rest assured that Brunson will be tested under Shaw’s promotional banner.
By Bob Hough at ringside
Ricardo Cortes worked his way back to the win column Thursday—in the wake of two swift knockouts in 2008 at the hands of James Kirkland and Alfredo Angula—with an easy victory over James Buggs. In a 161-pound match, Cortes (23-3-1, 16 KO’s ), a San Jose, California native fighting in his hometown at the Hp Pavilion before a crowd of 2,841, scored a third-round TKO over James Buggs (8-10-3), who hadn’t fought since November, 2007. Cortes, who weighed as two pounds over the limit while Buggs came in at 158, consistently pressed the action and landed effectively against his overmatched and undersized opponent. Buggs fought gamely and landed with some regularity, though his punches had no apparent effect. The end came at 2:44 of the third of eight scheduled, when Buggs appeared more to have a hurt eye than to be hurt in the traditional sense. Click for full undercard report
Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez Jr. 122 vs. Cecilio “Boga” Santos 121
Jonathan Cepeda 163 vs Vladimir Laguna 161
Byrne Green 132 vs Jorge Ruiz 133
Jose Pagan 125 vs Dick Cordero
Raymond Betancourt 137 vs Jean Petit Homme 139.5
Ramon Guevarra 139 vs David Armstrong 139
Sotico Herrera 139 vs Alain Olivero 140
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
TV: Telemundo (Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET)
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