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By Gabriel F. Cordero
American Referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when the Venezuelan WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño (17-0, 10 KOs) and Mexican challenger and former WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (36-5-2, 15 KOs) will be fight at Arena Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on September 12. The three judges are Hernando Steidel (Puerto Rico), Ted Gimza (USA) and Enrique Portocarrero (Nicaragua). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panamá).
WBC President Jose Sulaiman presented the original WBC Diamond Belt in front of a full house at the Corona auditorium in Mexico City. There was high expectation to finally see the WBC Diamond Belt and it was a special moment when it was finally unveiled during a press conference. The belt is manufactured with 18 karat gold and fusion, 861 diamonds, 6 rubies, 221 emeralds and 180 Swarovzky glass stones all mounted on a beautiful Italian Ferrari leather and displays the picture and the flag of the 2 boxing heroes that will battle on November 14 with the winner winning the most special belt ever made in the history of boxing. The belt will be flown to New York, to later go on with its first tour, which will include New York, Puerto Rico, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The WBC will present Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto with special clothing. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Champion Ivan Calderon and his next challenger Rodel Mayol squared off today in Puerto Rico at their final press conference. The two will go at it for real this Saturday at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. This past June the two fought at Madison Square Garden. The bout ended in a six-round technical draw because Calderon was unable to continue due to an accidental head butt he suffered in the fourth round. Both fighters spoke confidently at the press conference today. Champion Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez was in attendance as well as he will be making his first title defense in the semi-main event. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
As it was previously announced by Fightnews, WBO #7 and IBF #15 junior welterweight Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko will headline a huge K2 East card, which is penciled to take place the next Thursday at Meteor palace of sports in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Tonight a specifically arranged presser has taken its place in the host for the future battles, informing media about the whole card.
Fedchenko, 28, a sound technician with a sneaky but hard right hand will put his IBF Intercontinental title at stake for the third time against South African Kaizer Mabuza (21-6-3, 13 KOs). (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Saturday nights show at the Lansing Center was to feature the pro debut of 2008 National Golden Gloves heavyweight champion Craig Lewis. Unfortunately both Lewis’ original and standby opponents where dropped off the card, causing promoter Ron De Leon to soldier on without his feature attraction. Fortunately for the fans in attendance the bouts (all four rounders) that did take place were well matched and entertaining. (more…)
Bob Arum is writing a weekly boxing column in the Las Vegas Sun. His first column outlines big fights at the old Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The Pacquiao vs. Cotto national press tour launches from the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 10. Here is a link to Arum’s column.
On September 18th ARENA and promoter Ahmet Öner will present two shows on both sides of the Atlantic on the same day. At Gran Casino de Castellon (Spain) German heavyweight prospect Steffen Kretschmann, rising middleweight star Mahir Oral and Konstantin Airich will try to get back from their respective losses in June (Kretschmann and Oral) and March (Airich). Hours later, Öner’s US partner Luis und Ricardo Decubas in association with Caribe Promotions Inc. and JAOLI Fight Promotions will present the “Caribbean Invasion” at the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach featuring two-time Olympic gold medallist Guillermo Rigondeaux. (more…)
Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has changed his training camp from Miami, Florida, to prepare for his explosive October 17th fight with Arthur Abraham in Berlin, Germany at o2 World. Taylor is going through a grueling 10-week training camp at former heavyweight champion George Foreman’s gym in Houston, Texas, the George Foreman Youth Center. (more…)
Francesco Pianeta (18-0, 11 KOs) will defend his EU Heavyweight Title against former European Champion Matt Skelton (22-3, 19 KOs) in Neubrandenburg on September 19. The duo will clash on the undercard of the IBF Middleweight Title fight between Sebastian Sylvester and Giovanni Lorenzo. Pianata is full of respect for his experienced opponent. “Skelton is a tough fighter,” he said. “He was the European Champion and also fought for the WBA Heavyweight Title. It is not easy to box him. He is a strong puncher but I am faster and I will beat him.” (more…)
Ringside by Chad Edward
Photos by Drew Riedman
Promoter Andrew Williams of R & R Promotions kicked off the Labor Day weekend beneath a clear sky Saturday night at the Hamilton County Fair Grounds in Cincinnati with a five-bout card titled “The Undefeated” headlined by local lightweight talent “The Problem” Adrien Broner (12-0, 9 KOs). The card also featured undefeated Cincinnati fighters Brandon “Untouchable” Bennett (7-0, 3 KOs) and William “Action” Jackson (4-0, 2 KOs). Click here to read the full report and to view the action-packed photogallery!
Today in Schwerin District Court, newly crowned WBO interim light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (34-2, 28 KOs) denied assault allegations involving two incidents that took place last year. The case is expected to last at least three sessions. The alleged incidents happened while Brähmer was still serving probation stemming from an earlier misdeed that kept him out of the ring for three years between 2002 and 2005.
By Daniel Cann
This Friday (11th September) sees a fascinating 10×3 contest at the Brentwood Centre, Brentwood Essex, when English Heavyweight Champion ‘Big Bad’ John McDermott (25-5 16 KOs) defends his title against unbeaten prospect Tyson Fury (7-0 7 KOs). The ‘Big’ nickname will seem ironic in light of the fact that McDermott will be looking up at his challenger, who, at six feet seven inches is the taller man by four inches. McDermott will also be conceding youth to his challenger, but not experience and here – in lies the fascination and draw of this match. (more…)
WBO minimunweight champion Donnie Nietes and world ranked Z Gorres arrive today in Tepic, Nayarit for Satuday’s “Latin Fury 11″ boxing card at the Palenque de la Feria. The championship card is promoted by Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer in association with the Nayarit State Goberment en will telecast on Pay-per-view in the United States. Nietes the WBO’s regular 105-pound champion will take on Manuel “Chango” Vargas of Mexico, who is the interim WBO champion in the same weight class. (more…)
By Lee Bates reporting from Puerto Rico
3-time world title challenger Rodel Mayol (pictured hitting the speedbag) is just days away from his rematch and 4th world title challenge against champion Ivan’Iron Boy’ Calderon. Mayol has arrived in Puerto Rico and stated he is ready to win the crown. “I feel really good and well prepared. I’m ready to win the world title,” said Mayol. The “Unbeaten Champions” PPV card is presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc. (Ivan & Peter Rivera) headlined by WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs)rematching No. 1 contender Rodel ‘Kid Rapido’ Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event. (more…)
Ringside by Felipe Leon
With a festive crowd numbering over 1,000, Loyes Promotions presented “Casta de Campeones (Champion’s Fury)”, their second fight night in as many months, at Tijuana, Mexico’s Municipal Auditorium. After the assembled audience enjoyed the triumphant victory of the Mexican National soccer team over Costa Rica by a score of 3-0 on a large screen, they settled down and enjoyed nine bouts which featured up-and-coming local talent . . . Click here for more
WBA super bantamweight champ Bernard Dunne is leaving no stone unturned as he enters the final stages of preparations for his first World title defence at The O2, Dublin later this month. Dunne will put his WBA title on the line against number one challenger Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym from Thailand when he headlines the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2, Dublin on September 26th. Dunne began training for the bout in July and as each week goes by he’s cranking up the intensity of his work as he bids to see off the challenge of his Thai opponent. (more…)
By Christian Chataignier
WBA light flyweight champion in recess Brahim Asloum announced his retirement from the ring Sunday on the French national television (France 2). Due the end of his partnership with Canal +, the French boxer, gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, said “The desire is there, but I’m obliged to stop. It is not possible to hold a big boxing event in France. I’m hurt because it takes away five or six years of my life. I am extremely angry with Canal + (The network which televised all his professional fights).” Asloum is the only French Olympic champion who then managed to become a world champion (WBA). He compiled a record of 24-2 with 10 KOs.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Troy Waters talks to Fightnews and tells of his three shots at the world title against Gianfranco Rossi, Terry Norris and Simon Brown. Waters had Norris on the canvas in a fight that got Ring Magazine’s round of the year award. Waters said Brown deserved to retain the title against him when one judge scored it a draw. Troy also mentions how hard Felix Trinidad can punch and how proud he is to be inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2009. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC#4 feather Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (31-0,17 KOs) successfully kept his WBC Asia (or ABCO) 126 lb title as he stopped Edgar Gabijan (reportedly 14-19-2) on Friday at Mairiengprachasan school in Nakornsrithammarat, Thailand. The Thai fighter dominated in every round except round one, wildly attacking the Filipino with his right hooks punctuated by his tough body-shots. From round five to seven, he sped his assault which mostly destroyed his foe several times and finally, the champion scored a TKO as his contender refused to continue at the beginning of round eight. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao shielded his Canadian adviser Michael Koncz from criticisms from various sectors of the fight game over the weekend, telling an assembled media in a luxurious hotel that he (Koncz) doesn’t act without his go signal. “Mike doesn’t act alone. Whenever he does something for me, you can be rest assured that it is with my permission,” said Pacquiao. “I like him because he does what I tell him to do. He has my confidence.” (more…)
Remaining undefeated and adding the WBC World Youth jr. middleweight belt to his collection, Chihuahuan Marco “Dorado” Reyes (14-0, 12 KOs) pounded out a 12-round unanimous decision over Colombian Beibi Berrocal (6-2, 6 KOs), last night at the Gimnasio Rodrigo Queveda in Chihuahua, Mexico. In the co-main of the Promociones del Pueblo card, bouncing back from a kayo loss in May, former world champ Jhonny Gonzalez (41-7, 34 KOs), of Mexico City, needed less than one round to dispose of Jose “Pegono” Mendoza (21-4-2, 17 KOs), of Columbia. A shot to the liver took Mendoza out. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian-based Azerbaijani Fariz Kazimov (10-1-1, 3 KOs) retained the national title of his adopted homeland in a final fight of the International Kostya Tszyu Cup on Friday night in Yugorsk, Russia. Kazimov, 22, looked much stronger and way tougher than his southpaw opponent Anatoly Sidorov (4-2-1), 21, of Simferopol, Ukraine, before finally stopping him in the fifth round. Kazimov missed the quarterfinal of the Cup but was taken into the mix after an overwhelming favorite Ruslan Provodnikov preferred to concentrate on his academic studies. Kazimov stopped Karen Tevosyan in the semifinal this May. (more…)
Hungarian lightweight prospect Gabor Veto (10-0, 9 KOs) delivered an excellent performance at the National Stadium in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegowina before 5,000 spectators on Friday night. Veto destroyed the Serbian-Hungarian Simon Imre (1-1) via TKO in round three. In the main event, WIBA featherweight champion Irma Balijagic-Adler (11-0, 5 KOs) of Bosnia handed 8-19 Galina Gumlianski her ninth straight loss by one-sided ten round unanimous decision.
WBA #2 flyweight Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (18-1, 13 KOs) stopped WBA #4 Omar Salado (21-2-2, 12 KOs) in round twelve to claim the vacant WBA interim flyweight belt on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. Referee Luis Pabon waved it off at the :39 mark of the final stanza, crowning Concepcion who dominated Salado for much of the fight. The bout highlighted the WBA’s “KO to Drugs” Festival XXI. Former six division world champion Oscar De La Hoya was among the celebrities on hand for the event.
In a WBA featherweight eliminator, former world champion and currently #3 ranked Daniel Ponce De Leon (36-2, 31 KOs) earned a title opportunity by pounding out a twelve round unanimous decision over #4 Roinet Caballero (27-8-1, 19 KOs). Scores were 119-108, 119-108 and 117-111.
Super flyweight Ricardo Nuñez (16-1, 14 KOs) dropped Timur Shailezov (16-4, 2 KOs) three times before their bout was halted at 2:34 of round four.
Unbeaten super welterweight Austin Trout (20-0, 13 KOs) claimed the WBA Fedelatin belt with an eleven round majority decision over Nilson Tapia (11-2, 8 KOs). Scores were 106.5-102.5, 106-102, 105-105. Trout hails from Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Heavyweights Luis Pineda (21-8-1, 18 KOs) and Evans Quinn (18-3-1, 16 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 77-74 Quinn, 78-74 Pineda and 76-76.
Female minimumweight Ibeth Zamora (6-2, 0 KOs) took the WBA interim 105lb belt from Ana “La Polla” Fernandez (10-5, 7 KOs) via nine round unanimous decision. Scores were 88-82, 86-84 and 87-83.
Unbeaten female flyweight Laura Ledezma (5-0, 4 KOs) needed just 67 seconds to annihilate Vanessa Medrano (1-2).
By Daniel Cann
In a Hennessey Sports promotion, welterweight John O’Donnell (22-1, 10 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Tom Glover (9-6-3, 0 KOs) on Saturday night at the Colosseum in Watford, England. O’Donnell, the Commonwealth welterweight champion, was to defend the title he won in April in a close fight with Craig Watson for the first time. Unfortunately due to O’Donnell failing to make the welterweight limit (he came in at ten stone seven and three quarter pounds) the fight became a non-title affair, although it remained a scheduled twelve rounder. Glover, the affable bricklayer and consummate professional from Maldon, Essex, had recently outpointed Jon Thaxton. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 heavyweight Alex Leapia ( 17-3-3, 12 KOs) stopped New Zealand’s Hiriwa Te Rangi (0-13) in round one at the Coolangatta Golf Club, Tweed Heads, NSW, Australia on Friday. Leapai is trained by Noel Thornberry, who trained and managed former WBA middleweight champion Masilino Masoe. Noel’s brother Ricky Thornberry dropped twelve decisions in world super middleweight title bouts to Joe Calzaghe and Sven Ottke. On the undercard, American 140 pounder Casey Hannan (2-0, 2 KOs) was impressive in stopping Adam King (1-2) in round one. Promoter Noel Thornberry.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA 108-pound champ Koki Kameda (21-0, 14 KOs), 113.25, decked an easy tune-up bout prior to his WBC shot against compatriot Daisuke Naito in November, as he floored miserably overmatched Mexican Humberto Pool (15-9-3, 9 KOs), 113.25, three times to score a KO win at 2:29 of the fifth round on Saturday afternoon in Tokyo, Japan. Pool suffered his sixth defeat in last seven bouts, following a third-round KO loss to Brahim Asloum in his comeback go in France this April. It is a pity that many mediocre Mexicans recently came here only to be Japanese prospects’ victims in overmatched games. Probably Kameda used Pool as his safe stepping stone before his already slated title crack at Naito. Promoter: Kameda Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#13/WBC#15 Akira Yaegashi (12-2, 7 KOs), 105, successfully retained his newly acquired Japanese minimumweight belt as he utilized his swift footwork and solid counters to pound out a unanimous decision (98-92 twice and 99-91) over OPBF#3 Japanese top contender Junichiro Kaneda (19-4-1, 12 KOs), 105, over ten fast rounds on Saturday night in Tokyo, Japan. Yaegashi’s constant move nullified Kaneda’s busy combinations, and his counters often caught the game but limited challenger all night. The fleet-footed champ accelerated his attack to have the methodical rival at bay down the stretch and confirm his victory.
Undercard: Unbeaten WBC#21 Go Onaga (14-0-1, 10 KOs), 114.5, a hard-punching southpaw handled by ex-WBC/WBA champ Hideyuki Ohashi, displayed a fine form in dropping Naohiro Yanagi (8-10, 4 KOs), 114.75, twice in the first and once more in the fatal round, impressively stopping him at 2:06 of the third session. Unbeaten ex-national high school champ Ryosuke Iwasa (5-0, 4 KOs), 118, a tall and young southpaw, scored a fine TKO win over OPBF#15 Indonesian bantam champ Falazona Fidal (49-19-1, 13 KOs), 118, at 1:04 of the seventh. Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev, currently rated #1 by the WBA, will now be trained Universum trainer Magomed Schaburow. Since 2003, “The White Tyson” had been trained by Michael Timm, who formed him into a world champion. “I’ve had a difficult time with my Achilles tendon injury, the cancellation of the fight of Helsinki and the defeat in Schalke,” stated Chagaev. “Now I’m looking for new impulses in training. I hope for that from Magomed Schaburow. I owe Michael Timm for the great teamwork. In football, a team change often helps a player progress further. I’m curious.” (more…)
WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs) has commented on his eighth round TKO over #13 rated Francisco Leal (14-5-2, 9 KOs) in a non-televised title defense last Saturday at the Ciudad Deportiva in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. “Leal was a game opponent, but I’m not going to give my titles up to anyone,” said Caballero. “I’ve been on top of this division for almost four years now, and I feel stronger and better than ever.” Caballero is hoping to land a fight with unbeaten Puerto Rican superstar Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez.
By John Robbins, FightNews Canada
19-year-old Marvin Sonsona (14-0, 12 KOs) of the Philippines took the WBO junior bantamweight championship away from 37-year-old reigning titleholder Jose “Carita” Lopez (39-8-2, 32 KOs) of Puerto Rico via unanimous decision on Friday night at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Sonsona scored a knockdown in round four and went on to win by scores of 114-111, 115-110 and 116-109. Lopez was deducted two points in round eight for a low blow.
Former IBF junior featherweight champion Steve Molitor (30-1, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Dario Azuaga (75-16-2, 64 KOs) in a featherweight bout. Molitor dropped Azuaga in round four and Azuaga barely survived the round. “The Canadian Kid” launched a full out body assault to open the fifth round. Molitor scored back to back knockdowns to end it. The time was 1:50 of the fifth round.
A fight between Canadian heavyweight champion Greg “The Steel Pole” Kielsa (10-0, 5 KOs) and Kevin “Big Dog” Montiy (17-6-1, 13 KOs) ended in a no contest after an accidental head-butt in round two opened up a cut over Montiy’s left eye. Montiy claimed he couldn’t see and the doctor was forced to allow the fight to be stopped.
Felix Mercedes KO1 Dan Caron (jr middleweight)
Justin Fountain W4 Frank Abbiw (welterweight)
Stephan Boyd TKO4 Pedro De Melo (super middleweight)
A few notable heavyweights saw action in bouts consisting of six two-minute rounds on Friday night at the Lofberg Arena in Karlstad, Sweden. Timur Ibragimov (25-2-1, 14 KOs) outpointed 45-year-old former IBF cruiserweight champion Al Cole (35-15-3, 16 KOs) over six by scores of 60-55, 59-56, 59-55. Also Attila Levin (31-3, 24 KOs) dropped Adnan Buharalija (19-6-1, 14 KOs) four times en route to a fourth round stoppage.
By Lee Bates
UPDATE: Matchmaker John Beninati has informed that Tomas Villa was signed as an opponent fight a Gary Shaw Productions fighter, but has not inked to a GSP promotional agreement.
A source has confirmed that featherweight Tomas “El Norteno” Villa (20-6-4, 13 KOs) has signed with Gary Shaw Productions. Villa’s last bout in November 2008 was a thriller where he was stopped for the first time in his career in the 10th and final round by Rogers Mtagwa. Villa previously was with legendary promoter Don Chargin with whom he was riding a 12 bout unbeaten streak prior to the Mtagwa loss.
Luis Concepcion 112 vs Omar Salado 112
(Interim WBA flyweight championship)
Roinet Caballero 126 vs Daniel Ponce De Leon 126
Ricardo Nuñez 112.75 vs Timur Shailezov 113.5
Nilson Tapia 154 vs Austin Trout 154
Ameth Diaz 135 vs Fernando Angulo 133.5
Alberto Mosquera 140 vs Henry Auraad 138.5
Charlie Navarro 147 vs Nelson Linares 156.5 they won´t fight
Rafael Hernandez 123 vs Franklin Solis 120.25
Luis Andres Pineda 237 vs Evans Quinn 220
Ana Fernandez 105 vs Ibeth Zamora 105
Laura Ledezma 111.75 vs Vanessa Medrano 113.25
Jack Santos 106.5 vs Jesus Santos 108
Julio Canastuj 106 vs Mercedes Concepcion 106.
Venue: Arena Roberto Duran, Panama
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions/Eventos del Istmo
TV: HBO Plus (Latin America only)
From Chihuahua, Mexico for tomorrow night’s “Unstoppable!” card promoted by Promociones del Pueblo:
Marco “Dorado” Reyes 154 vs. Beibi Berrocal 154
* For the WBC World Youth jr. middleweight title
Jhonny Gonzalez 127 vs. Jose “Pegono” Mendoza 126
Victor Zaleta 112 vs. Gilberto Keb Baas 111
* For the WBC Fecombox super flyweight title
Javier “Zorro” Castro 141 vs. Heriberto Gutierrez 143
Miguel “Mickey” Roman 126 vs. Servando Solis 124
Odilon Zaleta 112 vs. Alejandro “Apachito” Moreno 113
Carlos Duarte 187 vs. Jesus “Demonio” Gutierrez 192
Freddy Lopez 146 vs. Ruben Lopez 145
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