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By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to Rogelio Espiño, the Panamanian boxing promoter and manager of WBA super bantamweight super champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero, “Pelenchin” will be facing Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KOs) on November 27 in Las Vegas under the Marquez-Katsidis main event.
By Ron Jackson
The experience of Lovemore Ndou was just too much for Bongani Mwelase as he retained his IBO welterweight belt at the Emperors Palace Casino in Kempton Park on Saturday night. The scoring was all over the place with judge Lulama Mtya (SA) off the mark with a score of 117-112 for Ndou and judge Donald Balas (USA) possibly closer to the right decision with a 115-113 card for Ndou, whilst judge Garry Dean (Australia) was off the mark with a 115-113 card for Mwelase. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After a meeting of the officials in Culiacan, the Sinaloa Boxing Comsission has changed the result of the match between Mexican hero Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra, awarding the fight to Arce by split decision. Apparently an error was made by chief official Gerardo Arzu, who failed to mark Parra’s score correctly in the seventh round. Confusion was evident in the ring after the bout as famed ring announcer Lupe Contreras simply announced the fight as “a draw” with no scores. The bout was billed as a WBO jr Featherweight elimination, so apparently this ruling makes Arce the mandatory challenger to WBO champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
By Nick Giongco
Freddie Roach arrived in Manila early Sunday morning from Los Angeles in preparation for the eight-week training camp of Manny Pacquiao, who meets Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Roach was accompanied by junior-middleweights Glen Tapia of New Jersey and Michael Medina of Los Angeles. Tapia is a native of the Dominican Republic, while Medina is from Mexico. Roach plans to set up training camp in the cool mountains of Baguio City–a five-hour drive from Manila–later this week.
Two other sparmates–Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Vanes Martirosyan–are expected to hit town anytime in the week to help in the training camp. Roach, Tapia and Medina were brought to the New World Hotel in the trendy Makati area of Metro Manila as soon as they finished an interview with the two leading networks in the Philippines. Fightnews and Manila Bulletin were at the airport to greet Roach.
By Robert Coster
The Dominican Republic’s brightest prospect, 5’5 featherweight dynamo Jenifel Vicente (18-0-2, 12 K)s) gave an awsome display of speed and power with a two round destruction of veteran Hector Julio Avila (47-5, 42 KOs) in front of a crowd of 2,000 at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo. Avila was supposed to be the one with the superior fire-power but Vicente disproved this by exchanging bombs in the very first round and forcing the veteran boxer to back down. At the beginning of the second round, Vicente went for the kill and caught Avila with a lethal right and left hook combination that sent the older fighter crashing to the mat. The brave Avila did get up but only to be met with another brutal barrage of punches that leveled him half-unconscious against the ropes, forcing the referee to mercifully halt the carnage at just 43 seconds of the round. (more…)
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Sugar Shane Mosley: We both fought hard. It was a good fight so it was a good decision. He is not a good puncher so we had to box more. This was a different fight because he had to come down in weight and I had to go up. It would have been different if I was fighting someone my height and weight. Mora moved, ran away, rested and held. There were lots of head butts and that effected me. He was moving too much so it was hard for me to get my shots in. I still want to fight someone more my weight and height like Cotto.”
Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora: I came to win and I wanted to win, but my respect for Shane Mosley got in the way. I got hard headed and should have listened to my corner. They were telling me it was close and I thought I was winning the fight and my respect for Shane got in the way. He threw really good punches. He hit me with some hard shots. Going 12 rounds with Shane Mosley says something in and of itself. Honestly, I thought I won the fight.
Middleweight Javier Francisco Maciel (17-1, 11 KOs) of Argentina won the vacant WBO Latino title by way of third round stoppage over Juan Carlos Alderete (33-7-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio Ruca Che in Neuquen, Neuquen, Argentina. The bout was fairly even for the first two rounds with a slight edge to Maciel. In round three Maciel turned up the pressure and worked Alderete over pretty good for the first half of the round with several powershots to the head and body. The punishment being dished out by Maciel forced the referee to issue a standing 8-count. When action resumed Maciel picked up where he left off teeing off on Alderette and the referee halted the bout. Mario Margossian promoted the event.
By Francisco Salazar/Felipe Leon/Rocco Morales
Former multi-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) and “Contender: Season One” winner and former WBC champ Sergio Mora (22-1-2, 6 KOs) boxed to an ugly twelve round draw on Saturday night at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Not much action in the first half of the in the bout as the reluctant Mora refused to engage in any exchanges as the 39-year-old Mosley stalked him around the ring. The fight was a bit more competitive after Mora slowed down and stood his ground more in the later rounds. Scores were 115-113 Mora, 116-112 Mosley, 114-114.
In a clash for the WBC super welterweight silver title, unbeaten Saul Alvarez (34-0-1, 26 KOs) showed what all the excitment is about with a spectacular knockout of former world champion Carlos Baldomir (45-13-6, 14 KOs). A left hook dropped Baldomir face first for the count. Time was 2:58.
Welterweight Victor Ortiz (28-2-1, 22 KOs) easily defeated Vivian Harris (29-5-1, 19 KOs), scoring a one-sided three round blowout. Ortiz dropped Harris three times in round two and once in round three before the bout was waved off. Time :45.
In a WBO featherweight eliminator, former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (40-2, 33 KOs) scored an explosive third round KO over Antonio Escalante (23-3, 15 KOs). After a one-sided beating, a big right to the head finished Escalante. Time was 2:40.
In the main event on Saturday night at the Dorado Soccer Stadium in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, three-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (55-6-2, 42 KOs) and former world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra (31-2-1, 18 KOs) fought to a ten round draw. No scores were announced.
WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (53-7-2, 32 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Fidel Monterrosa (24-1, 18 KOs). The tough and sometimes dirty fight was marred by slippery conditions inside the side that left Soto and Monterrosa slipping and sliding all night long. Scores were 115-112, 115-112, 118-109.
Undefeated welterweight prospect Omar “Businessman” Chavez (24-0-1, 17 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Rodrigo Juarez (15-12-1, 11 KOs). A left-right-left-right combination sent Juarez down for the count at 2:47. They had met a couple of months back with Chavez getting the nod on a very close fight. No question this time.
By Francisco Salazar/Felipe Leon/Rocco Morales
Frankie Gomez, in a scheduled 6 round Welterweight bout, impressively demolished Ricardo Calzada who previously had never been knocked out. Knockout artist, Gomez, was patient in his dismantling of Calzada and it wasn’t until the third round that Gomez went in for the kill. However, once the third round started, Gomez wasted little time and knocked down Calzada with a hook/cross combo. After Calzada beat the count, Gomez unleashed a barrage of punches that badly hurt Calzada. With the state commissioner on the ring apron urging the referee to call an end to the fight, Gomez literally beat the referee to the punch by unceasing a final vicious combination that laid out Calzada for good. By way of a knockout victory at 1:06 of the third round, Gomez improves to a perfect (6-0, 6 KOs), while Calzada drops to (2-3, 1 KO). (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Frank Warren’s “Magnificent 7″ card at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England on Saturday night produced seven magnificent KOs as none of the bouts went the distance.
Unbeaten Alexander Frenkel (23-0, 18 KOs) scored the most spectacular win of his career with a brutal knockout of European cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-5, 25 KOs). Early on, Frenkel outboxed the former WBO world champion, who was looking to load up on every punch. Maccarinelli did his share of damage but the bout ended dramatically when a hard left hook by Frenkel floored Maccarinelli in round seven. The badly hurt Maccarinelli bravely beat the count, but Frenkel put him down to stay with his violent follow-up barrage. Time was 2:30. (more…)
Oleg Hermann, manager Gennady Golovkin, has issued the following statement to FIGOsport.de:
“Much has been said about the situation in the WBA middleweight division in the last couple of days. It has been very surprising for us to read articles stating that all of parties involved had accepted that Gennady Golovkin would face Milton Nunez for the interim title and Hassan N’Dam would fight Avantandil Khurtzide for the vacant regular title. I think there is a big misunderstanding on the press side.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Golden Boy Promotions officially announced at a press conference today at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles that Juan Manuel Marquez will meet interim champion, Michael Katsidis, live on HBO, on Saturday, November 27th, at 9:30pm EST/6:30pm EST. Marquez was present and spoke briefly, posed with Golden Boy Promotions Vice President, Bernard Hopkins, and signed autographs.
It was also announced by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer that nine prospects have been added to Golden Boy Promotions roster: (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
As there are many world title bouts scheduled here in Japan, this reporter’s head got so much confused that it is necessary to put the schedule in order. On this coming Monday, September 20, there will be a couple of world title goes at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama city (close to Tokyo). WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama will put his belt on the line against WBA#5 Roy Mukhlis of Indonesia in the main event. Ex-world challenger Kohei Kono, Japan, will dispute the vacant WBC super-fly throne with ex-WBC interim titlist Tomas Rojas of Mexico. We saw a medical examination of the four contestants conducted by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) at the Korakuen Hall today (Saturday). For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Call it the battle of Los Angeles area fighters. Or one Golden Boy fighter versus another Golden Boy fighter. Maybe even one world title challenger versus another. Regardless of how one would dissect the Jose Navarro versus Nestor Rocha crossroads bout, in the end, it was Rocha who made the most of this opportunity. Unfortunately for the talented Navarro, the loss will require him to evaluate whether to pursue his career as a legitimate contender. (more…)
Report and photos by Rocco Morales
An electrifying night of boxing was enjoyed by a packed house at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel as fight fans turned out to support LOCKED N LOADED III, a 6 fight card that featured many very talented local fighters.
In the main event of the evening, a scheduled 10 round championship bout for the vacant WBC CABOFE junior welterweight championship, Jose “El Nino” Reynoso wore down and punished previously undefeated Hector “Teco” Serrano forcing the referee to finally call an end to the bout at 1:50 of the 8th round. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photo by Mike Greenhill
Friday night at the Clarence “Du” Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, Jesse “The Beast Nicklow (20-2-3, 7KO’S) and “Vicious” Julius Kennedy (7-1-1, 3KO’s) laid it all on the line for the Maryland State and World Boxing Federation middleweight titles in a hard fought ten round war that had the crowd cheering throughout from the non-stop action. After all the dust was settled it was declared a draw by scores of 95-95 x 2, and 98-92 (Nicklow). (more…)
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
It was a terrific night of boxing, Friday Night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. Fight fans were treated to plenty of fireworks as rising star Andy Lee (23-1-1, 16 KOs) of the Middleweight division punished and stopped local favorite, Michael “The Midnight Stalker” (19-5-2, 12 KOs) for nearly eight rounds. Also displaying their skill, were various up-and-coming Russian prospects who did not disappoint. (more…)
Ringside report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
In the main event of “Shobox: The New Generation,” from Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm, Nev., Freddy Hernandez scored the 20th knockout of his professional career with a fourth round TKO stoppage over Mike Anchondo in a scheduled 10-round welterweight fight.
On a card promoted by Gary Shaw Promotions, “El Riel” put himself closer to a future world title shot against Andre Berto with an impressive performance that demonstrated his punching power and poise to seek openings against an aggressive Anchondo . . . Click here for more
UFC® fans will have the opportunity to bid on one of the hottest cars ever made on Friday, Sept. 24 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Las Vegas, Nev. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has teamed up with Findlay Customs and Modern Muscle Las Vegas to build a limited-edition UFC Camaro complete with 650 super-charged horsepower and one-of-a-kind features sure to grab the attention of UFC fans and car aficionados alike. (more…)
With a top-flight main event featuring former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir pitted against mixed martial arts legend Mirko Cro Cop, a co-main event with light heavyweight rising star Ryan Bader taking on Rogerio Nogueira and a rematch between former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and Indianapolis native Chris Lytle, the UFC confirms the remaining bouts for UFC 119: Mir vs Cro Cop, which is presented by Halo Reach and live on Pay-Per-View on September 25th at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bolstering the UFC’s first-ever card in Indianapolis, UFC 119 features Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham, Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens, CB Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen, Matt Mitrione vs. Joey Beltran, Thiago Tavares vs. Pat Audinwood, Steve Lopez vs. Waylon Lowe, TJ Grant vs. Julio Paulino and Mark Hunt vs. Sean McCorkle. (more…)
In a special SHOWTIME Pay Per View event, World Boxing Council 175-pound titleholder Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs) meets former world light heavyweight and middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) for the WBC light heavyweight title on December 18 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. SHOWTIME Sports will produce and distribute the fight, and utilize its own announcers. The PPV event will begin at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It is promoted by Group Yvon Michel and Golden Boy Promotions.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
World-ranked welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez is one step closer to a future world title shot against Andre Berto following his convincing fourth-round TKO victory over Mike Anchondo on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® Friday night from Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino.
A poised and relaxed Hernandez controlled the entire scheduled 10-round welterweight fight, registering an early fourth round-knockout with a “cannonball blast,” right hand shot according to SHOWTIME’s expert analyst Steve Farhood that all but ended the fight. “This was a sales job for Hernandez,” Farhood added later. “He’ll probably be in line for a title shot with Berto next.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
In a battle of former world title challengers, bantamweight Nestor Rocha dominated Jose Navarro throughout eight rounds, winning a unanimous decision on Friday night in Parking Lot 7 at L.A. LIVE (across from STAPLES Center). Rocha (23-2, 8 KO’s) came out strong from the opening bell, landing hard right hands to the head. Despite a closed right eye, Navarro (27-6, 12 KO’s) tried to counter, finding some success. However, Rocha was too strong, even hurting Navarro with a three-punch combination in the seventh round. Navarro showed heart by hanging in there until the final bell. All three judges scored the bout 79-73 in favor of Rocha. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photo by Chris Cozzone
In a good action fight, world-ranked welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (29-1-1, 20 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round TKO over former world champion Mike Anchondo (30-3, 19 KOs) on Friday night at Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino in Primm, Nevada. Anchondo was very aggressive but Hernandez calmly dealt with the pressure with accurate punches. Hernandez dropped Anchondo in the fourth round with a right to the head. Anchondo couldn’t defend himself against Hernandez’ follow up barrage and referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight at the 1:38 mark.
2004 Olympian Luis Franco (7-0, 5 KOs), one of the most talented amateurs to come out of Cuba in the past decade, kept his unbeaten record intact with an eight round unanimous decision over Wilton Hilario (12-2-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 78-73, 80-71, 78-73. More results…
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
World rated middleweight Andy Lee (23-1-1, 17 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over local favorite Michael Walker (19-5-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The bout was stopped at 2:03 after a sustained barrage by Lee. Legendary trainer Emanuel Steward was in Lee’s corner.
Undefeated junior middleweight Anton “The Pick Hammer” Novikov 17-0, 6 KOs) scored a one-sided eight decision over Luciano “El Michoacano” Perez (17-11-1, 15 KOs) by scores of 79-72, 79-72, 78-74.
In a battle of unbeaten welterweights, Aslanbek Kozaev (12-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Marcus Thompkins (5-1-1, 2 KOs) over six rounds by scores of 59-55, 59-55, 60-54.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Local middleweights Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow (20-2-3, 7 KOs) and “Vicious” Julius Kennedy (7-1-1, 3 KOs) battled to a hard fought ten round draw on Friday night at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. An exciting fight with good two-way action ended with scores of 98-92 Nicklow and 95-95, 95-95. This one calls for a rematch!
Photo by Alma Montiel
Former world title challenger and current WBC CABOFE champion Armando “Ichiro” Torres (14-7, 9 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Omar “Metralla” Gonzalez (17-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC Latin light flyweight title on Friday night at the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City. Torres knocked down Rosales in round three and the referee waved it off seemingly prematurely at 2:29 of round four. For more details and photos click here…
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