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Ringside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
For weeks, Ricardo Mayorga set the table for a violent clash with Miguel Cotto. He barked and jawed at the Puerto Rican WBA super welterweight champion whenever they were in the same vicinity. As much as Cotto may have wanted respond, he kept his cool and refused to engage. The only thing he promised was to let his fists do all the talking for him when the two met in front of 7,427 fight fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
And oh, did those fists do the talking . . . Click here for GIANT gallery and report
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For bantamweight Joseph Benavidez (13-2), making his UFC debut at UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center against Ian Loveland is no time for opening night jitters . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC.com
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Story and photos by Chris Cozzone
If there’s ever been a stare colder than the one given Ricardo Mayorga at the many pre-fight events this last week, it was the one given Antonio Margarito by Miguel Cotto at last night’s post-fight press conference.
After making Mayorga eat his words in a near-distance fight, last night at the MGM Grand, forcing the profanity-spewing Nicaraguan into, both, a 12th round and career retirement, Cotto is likely to go into a July rematch with the man who may or not have beaten him down with wraps of stone in 2008 . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
A national title twinbill was scheduled tomorrow (Monday), as WBA#5/WBC#8 Japanese super-fly champ Yota Sato was supposed to risk his belt against formerly two-time world challenger, WBC#4 Kohei Kono, and Japanese #1 super-bantam Mikihito Seto and #2 Kyohei Tamakoshi were to dispute the vacant national 122-pound belt at the Korakuen Hall. However, the dreadful earthquake last Friday inevitably postponed the doubleheader until April 9, since the Hall needs a total inspection.
Another show featuring WBA#5 flyweight contender Tomonobu Shimizu’s encounter with Thailander Petchek Sithkorpolkanpim slated at the Hall on this coming Tuesday was also put off until April 2.
An elimination bout in a quest for the vacant Japanese super-light belt was to be competed by Shinya Nagase and Kazuya Ito on this coming Thursday, but the Hall rejected the usage for its inspection, so it will be postponed until another date. Our impresarios have been desperate to look for alternative dates at the Hall, otherwise they would have been obliged to pay back to all customers that already purchased tickets from them.
All boxing people here in Japan are fine, including Masahiko Fighting Harada, Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, JBC’s Tsuyoshi Yasukochi, all of our eleven world champs (seven male and four female titlists), etc. We really appreciate your concern from all over the world, although more than 10,000 victims by the earthquake and tsunami are sadly expected at this moment.
By Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photo: Emily Harney
Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez wants no easy fights. He’s said it before, and he reiterated it again Saturday night at the post-fight press conference after an impressive 8th round TKO over previously undefeated Sergiy Dzinzurik.
“Mayweather, Cotto, I want the best” was his reply when asked what he wanted next.
Martinez, the 2010 Fighter of the Year, after winning the middleweight championship from Kelly Pavlik and defending it in November with a sensational knockout over Paul Williams, looked impressive again on Saturday night as he had little trouble with 154 lb title holder Dzinzurik, who moved up to middleweight for the first time in his career to challenge Martinez. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
The Cotto-Mayorga fight will be rebroadcast on Saturday, March 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME before Lucian Bute defends his IBF super middleweight belt against Brian Magee.
After months of an incident-filled, antagonistic promotion, Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga delivered an equally entertaining fight on SHOWTIME PPV® ending with a TKO victory for Cotto at 0:53 in the twelfth round. Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, summed it up perfectly: “The whole fight was great but the finish was amazing.” In a fight that both camps predicted would end in less than four rounds, Cotto and Mayorga gave the 7,247 in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and boxing fans watching at home on pay-per-view more than their money’s worth by pushing the action-packed fight into the twelfth round. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Jimmy Lange won a 10-round unanimous decision over the “Fighting Schoolteacher” Jimmy Holmes tonight at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. All three judges scored the bout 97-92. Lange is now 35-4-2, 24 KO’s while Holmes is now 19-2, 10 KO’s.
The co-feature had former three-time WBA Middleweight champion William Joppy win a 10-round unanimous decision in a rematch over Cory Cummings. Joppy won his 40th pro bout at the age of 40 and announced his retirement in the ring. Joppy is now 40-6-1, 30KO’s. Cummings is now 17-5-1, 13 KO’s. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF #4, WBA #12 Billy Dib (31-1, 19 KOs) stopped Ricky Sismundo (18-6, 7 KOs) in eight rounds at the Italian club, Perth, Western Australia on Saturday. Dib controlled all the rounds and forced a stoppge in the eighth and final round. Dib is chasing a shot at WBA champion Chris John and IBF champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. (more…)
Photo: Chris Cozzone
After his loss to Miguel Cotto, 38-year-old former champion Ricardo Mayorga said he would retire from boxing. Cotto stated that he’s open to a rematch with Antonio Margarito.
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) won a hard fought twelfth round KO over former champion Ricardo Mayorga (29-8-2, 23 KOs) on Saturday night before a crowd of 7,247 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Both landed big shots in an exciting round one. Cotto fought a very controlled fight, ignoring Mayorga’s attempts to goad him into trading shots. Both fighters continued to throw big and land shots with an edge to Cotto. Mayorga had a strong round seven and looked better than he had in years. Cotto stayed very disciplined and boxed well, finally flooring Mayorga in the twelfth. Mayorga cited a hand injury and the fight was waved off.
WBA #7/IBF #10/WBC #12/WBO #12 super welterweight Pawel Wolak (29-1, 19 KOs) impressively dominated and stopped former WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-2, 8 KOs). Wolak was very aggressive and his relentless pressure didn’t allow Foreman to use his normal jab and move tactics. Forman didn’t come out for round seven.
IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (28-3, 12 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten #1 rated Lenny Zappavigna (25-1, 17 KOs) by scores 117-111, 118-110, 118-110. Vazquez was more accurate in his punching and his excellent defense made Zappavigna miss more times than not.
Not unexpectedly, Baltimore Ravens safety and former Notre Dame standout turned heavyweight boxer Tommy Zbikowski (2-0, 2 KO) scored a first round KO over Richard Bryant (1-3, 1 KO). A body shot finished the job at 1:45.
By Mariano A. Agmi and Bill Luppert at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
WBC “emeritus” middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round KO over previously unbeaten WBO jr middleweight champ Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Martinez both outjabbed and outworked Dzinziruk. He was credited with a knockdown in round four when Dzinziruk’s glove hit the canvas. It was clear knockdown by Martinez in round five. Dzinziruk was floored three times in round eight and the fight was over. Time was 1:43.
WBA #5/WBC #12 middleweight Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) won his “Celtic War” against previously unbeaten WBO #12 Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs) scoring a spectacular tenth round KO. McEwen was surprisingly dominant over the first half of the fight. The heavily favored Lee mounted a comeback down the stretch and dropped McEwan in round nine. Lee finished him in round ten. Time was :56. (more…)
WBA Featherweight champion Jonathan Barros (32-1-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina successfully made the first defense of his title unanimously decisioning Miguel “Micky” Roman (33-7, 25 KOs) of Mexico. The bout was pretty much the same pattern from beginning to end with Roman stalking Barros and Barros easily outboxing him from rounds one though twelve for the most part. The official judges scorecards read 118-110, 118-109 and 117-111. The bout took place at the Polideportivo La Colonia, Junin, in Mendoza, Argentina with Osvaldo Rivero promoting.
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (31-2, 8 KOs) scored a hard fought seventh round TKO over Joseph Laryea (14-5, 11 KOs) to retain his belt on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Laryea had his moments in round four, but Burns had taken command when a tiring Laryea quit on his stool citing a hand injury after round seven.
On the undercard, super middleweight James DeGale (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Alpay Kobal (7-13-2, 5 KOs) and super featherweight Paul Appleby (17-2, 11 KOs) beat Youssef Al Hamidi (8-31-2, 1 KO) on points in a six rounder.
By Joe Koizumi
The most serious earthquake in history that happened in northern Japan on Friday afternoon caused so many troubles in the boxing industry that our promoters have been forced to cancel or postpone fight shows scheduled until this weekend. The WBC female tripleheader slated on Saturday will be held on May 8 according to the organizer WBC Cares in Japan. The Korakuen Hall, our regular venue for boxing, detected some inconveniences on the ceiling with several parts detached, so decided to cancel all boxing cards until March 18 for the sake of its detailed constructional examination of any damage caused by the horrible earthquake. The Hall established in 1962 decided to close the door for the first time in order to make an intensive care of the whole building and facilities as well.
Photos: Marianne Mueller
On Saturday – exactly one week before his WBC world heavyweight championship fight against Vitali Klitschko – Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis and his team arrived in Cologne, Germany. Although the elder Klitschko brother is highly favored to defend his title for the sixth time since returning in October 2008, many fans and experts believe that Solis can be the man to end the boredom in the heavyweight division. (more…)
Photo: Pete Susens
Aussie challenger Lenny Zappavigna squares off with IBF Champion Miguel Angel Vazquez after the two completed the mandatory re-weigh for their championship bout tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Zappa weighed 144.5 and Vazquez 143.75. IBF Supervisor Anibal Miramontes confirmed the weights.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #10 and WBA #8 heavyweight Kali Meehan, 6’5, has issued a challenge to Michael Grant, 6’7, who scored an impressive three round KO over Ty Fields. Australian based Meehan is in the USA training but has requested his manager to make a Grant vs. Meehan fight. “Michael Grant and myself are both veterans with plenty left in the tank,” Meehan continued. “I think it would be an all action bout between two big heavyweights who can punch. I had a good win over Evans Quinn in my most recent bout and I want to keep active. I am rated in both IBF and WBA but Michael is not rated so it should be a good fight for him if he is confident.
DiBella Entertainment announced today that the WBC welterweight title fight between undefeated, defending champion Andre Berto and challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will be take place April 16 in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut, the site of tonight’s middleweight title showdown between Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen and Reynaldo Sanchez
Last night’s session of the Badia Spices Friday Night Fight series at the Magic City Casino exhibited some more adaptability from Pugilistic Promotions; the promotional company headed by Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Ramiro Ortiz. When headliner Glendy Hernandez fell ill yet bravely committed to fight on, Ortiz made some moves.
Indeed, the quick-thinking promoter has overcome every challenge since the inaugural event last November that began without a constructed ring.
The six-round main event featuring Glendy Hernandez (6-0, 3 KOs) was swapped with a four-round undercard bout; moving crushing Cuban cruiserweight Yunieski Gonzalez up to the final bout of the evening.
Gonzalez (4-0, 3 KOs) notched his first non-knockout victory with a unanimous decision against rugged Mexican Reggie Pena (6-6, 1 KO). Gonzalez attacked with his customary aggression and big punches, but appeared to have suffered a right hand injury early in the fight which hampered his closing ability. Pena eluded the stoppage but couldn’t evade the superior skills of the Cuban destroyer as judges awarded him just one of the six rounds. (more…)
Turning Tye Field’s “Field of Dreams” into “The Killing Fields,” and having a field day doing so, “Big” Michael Grant plummeted “Big Sky” to earth last night at Planet Hollywood.
The last time Las Vegas felt such a tremor was in 2008, when Monte Barrett chopped down Fields in less than a round. This time around, Field’s free-fall drop and splatter on the canvas happened in two-and-change rounds . . . Click here for more
Middleweight Dan Miller (13-4, 1 NC) is used to punching his friends in the face. He trains daily with his younger brother, lightweight contender Jim Miller, and while most big brothers beat up their siblings just for the fun of it, for Dan, it’s his job . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC.com
For more info on UFC 128 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
By Graham Houston
There are fights that look good on paper but fizzle out in the ring. Meetings between technicians delight the purist but can be lacking in drama. The most talented fighters don’t always make the best fights. Then we have Miguel Cotto. The impassive-featured Puerto Rican national superstar can box and fight and he is never boring. Pair Cotto with the wild and wacky Ricardo Mayorga and you have the ingredients for a junior middleweight contest that should be captivating for as long as it lasts.
Mayorga has been taunting Cotto since the fight was first announced. He seemed genuinely affronted when Cotto steadfastly refused to take part in the now-traditional staredowns. Mayorga even tried to present Cotto with a red rose at Friday’s weigh-in, a gesture suggestive of contempt. Cotto did his best to ignore the irritant from Nicaragua, but you sense that he was inwardly seething. On Saturday night, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas — Cotto gets Mayorga where he wants him, in the ring, and the fans in the arena and watching on Showtime PPV are sure to be entertained. (more…)
Twenty-four hours before the year’s first big boxing pay-per-view event Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga clashed for one last time before their title match on SHOWTIME PPV tonight.
By Chris Cozzone at ringside
In a clash of super-sized heavyweights, 6’7 Michael Grant (47-4, 35 KOs) scored an explosive third round one-punch knockout over 6’9 Tye Fields (45-3, 41 KOs) on Friday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Both fighters were rocked by big shots in round two. Grant leveled Fields with a monster right hand in round three. Time was 1:06.
Former two-division world champion Joel Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KOs) took a close ten round split decision over late sub Manuel Leyva (20-2, 12 KOs). Casamayor dropped Leyva with a body shot in round five and went on to win by scores of 97-92, 96-93 on two cards. Leyva was up 95-94 on the third card.
Cruiserweight Aaron Williams (21-3-1, 14 KOs) annihilated Shane Steele (7-4, 5 KOs) in one brutal round. Referee Joe Cortez waved it off after two knockdowns. Time was 2:27.
Unheralded 294lb heavyweight Alvaro Morales (6-8-6, 0 KOs) ruined the pro debut of Olympian Razvan Cojanu, who represented Romania at the 2008 Beijing Games. Scores were 39-37, 39-37, 38-38, adding up to a four round majority nod for Morales.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
In a WBC female flyweight title unification bout, WBC interim titleholder Mariana “Barbie” Juarez (28-5-3, 13 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten world champion Simona Galassi (14-1-1, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Salon Jose Cuervo in Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico. Galassi showed her class early as she boxed beautifully and landed cleanly, but Juarez was relentless and simply out-toughed the Italian star as the bout progressed. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 96-94. Fightnews.com also scored it 96-94. (more…)
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (30-2, 7 KOs) weighed in at 129 lbs. ahead of his title defense against Joseph Laryea (14-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Laryea scaled in at 127.75. Laryea once again made throat slitting gestures at Burns in an attempt to intimidate Burns, who stated “All this nonsense, trying to wind me up, is not working.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF#4, WBA#12 Billy Dib (30-1, 18 KOs) returns to action in the ring against tough Filipino, Ricky Sismundo (18-5) in an eight round fight at the Italian club, Perth, Western Australia. Dib is chasing a shot at WBA champion Chris John and IBF champion Yurlorkis Gamboa. Dib is a former IBO 130 world champion but lost a WBO featherweight title opportunity to Steve Luevano in 2008. He has stopped his last six opponents and is confident Sismundo will be number seven. Sismundo took the WBC#1 jnr lightweight Terdsak Kokietgym twelve rounds in 2010. Also former WBO 154 pound challenger Daniel Dawson (35-3, 24 KOs) will clash with Filipino Arnel Tinampay (12-12-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds. Dawson lost to WBO champion Serhiy Dzinziruk in ten rounds in 2010 but outscored American Jason LeHoullier in eight rounds in December. Classy middleweight Robbie Bryant (13-1-1, 7KOs) will challenge Togasilimai Letoa (11-6, 6KOs) for the vacant PABA title. Featherweight Paul Fleming (8-0, 5 KOs) will meet Joan de Guia (11-13-4, 3 KOs) over six rounds. Promoter Ty Colman
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for tomorrow night’s card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA:
Jimmy Lange 158 vs. Jimmy Holmes 158
William Joppy 173 vs. Cory Cummings 168
Mark Tucker 175 vs. Larry Pryor 174
Todd Wilson 137 vs. Dean White 136
Tony Jeter 161 vs. Mike McFail 160
Scott Sigmon 172 vs. John Terry 171
Abodurin Akinyanju 280 vs. Ron Gamble 257
George Rivera 158 vs. Shakir Ashanti 157
Slideshow: All the shots from today’s “Relentless” weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga, Yuri Foreman vs. Pawel Wolak, Miguel Vazquez vs. Lenny Zappavigna and Tommy Zbikowski vs. Richard Bryant. . . . Click here to view
Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone
From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Showtime PPV-televised “Relentless” card promoted by Top Rank. There were no posedowns or face-offs . . . but there was a rose. While Cotto weighed in, Mayorga offered him a pretty red rose, duly ignored by Cotto. When the champ refuse to pose with Mayorga, the loco Nicaraguan tried to goad him into posing, to no avail.
Miguel Cotto 154 vs. Ricardo Mayorga 154
Yuri Foreman 155 vs. Pawel Wolak 154
Tommy Zbikowski 193 vs. Richard Bryant 225
Miguel Vazquez 135 vs. Lenny Zappavigna 135
Jose Pinzon 155 vs. Edvan Dos Santos Barros 154
Matt Korobov 161 vs. Michael Walker 160
Jesus Rojas 123 vs. Isaac Hidalgo 122
Joseph Rabotte 255 vs. Eric Molina 227
Juan Gonzalez 135 vs. Jeremy McLauri
Stay tuned for more photos.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros weighed in at 125.62 and Miguel “Mickey” Roman weighed 125.4 for Saturday night’s clash at the Polideportivo La Colonia in Junin, Mendoza, Argentina. Barros is a 2 to 1 favorite in the bout, which will be televised in Mexico on Televisa.
Photos: Emily Harney
Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk both weighed 158.8 lbs. for their clash Saturday night at Foxwoods.
Sergio Martinez 158.8 vs Sergiy Dzinziruk 158.8
(WBC Diamond middleweight belt)
Andy Lee 162.6 vs Craig Mcewan 161.4
Javier Fortuna 126 vs Derrick Wilson 125
Sonya Lamonakis 226.2 vs Tanzee Daniel 253.2
Thomas Dulorme 145 vs Guillermo Valdes 144
Seanie Monaghan 174.2 vs Billy Cunningham 173.8
Abraham Lopez 149.4 vs Andrew Jones 150
Venue: Foxwoods, Ledyard, CT
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Photo: Marcin Ladka/bokser.org
Unbeaten cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak (22-0, 16 KOs) of Poland defeated Russia-based former world title challenger Ali Ismailov (18-5-1, 13 KOs) by way of 5th round TKO to retain the IBO Intercontinental belt on Friday in Olsztyn, Poland. Ismailov received a deep cut as a result of a Masternak jab early in round five and the ringside doctor called a halt to the bout at the end of round.
Mason Menard 133.8 vs. Anthony Napunyi 133
(UBO All American lightweight title)
Bobby Bryant 150.9 vs. William Armstead 153
Jared Lablanc 151 vs. Star Johnson 151
Bailey Bobbitt 173.5 vs. Omid Bahreini 171.3
Sergey Kovalev 177 vs. William Johnson 174.9
Josh Joseph 148 vs. LD Herbert 148
Venue: Hilton Towers Ballroom, Lafayette, Louisiana
Promoter: Bad Chad’s Box-N-Car Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when Mexican challenger Mickey Roman (33-7, 25 KOs) and Argentinian WBA featherweight world champion Jonathan Barros (31-1-1, 18 KOs) meet at Polideportivo La Colonia in Junin, Mendoza, Argentina on Saturday. The three judges are Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico), John Poturaj (US) and Ricardo Duncan (Panama). The fight Supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento (Venezuela).
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