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The following bouts were officially announced on Saturday. All will be televised nationally in the United States.
April 21: Former bantamweight world champ Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) will make his super bantamweight debut against former flyweight kingpin Eric Morel (46-2, 23 KOs) and WBA bantamweight titlist Anselmo Moreno (31-2-1, 11 KOs) meets David De La Mora (24-1, 17 KOs).
May 26: IBO light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver (29-6, 26 KOs) will face top cruiserweight prospect Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs).
June 23: Former world champion Humberto Soto (54-7-1, 34 KOs) faces Lucas Matthysse (30-2, 28 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout on the undercard of Ortiz-Berto II.
Two-division world champion champion Ricky Burns (34-2, 9 KOs) defended his WBO lightweight belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA champion Paulus Moses (28-2, 19 KOs) before 6,000+ adoring Scottish fans on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Neither fighter in any trouble as Burns methodically outworked Moses the whole way to win a mostly uneventful fight by scores of 119-110, 120-110, 117-111.
Local super featherweight favorite Paul Appleby (18-3, 11 KOs) won a controversial ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten but untested Stephen Ormond (11-1, 5 KOs) in a clash for the BBBC Celtic belt. Ormond seemingly did more but came up short as Appleby won by scores of 96-94, 96-94, 95-94.
Unbeaten WBA #6 middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) says promoter Golden Boy Promotions is currently working on a date for his next fight. “It still could be May 5,” said Quillin. “There will be a May fight for me, maybe against Winky [Wright]….we both agreed but the Nevada Athletic Commission won’t approve his license because of his age and inactivity. It’s a risky fight I’m still willing to take. I weighed the risks and rewards. It’s a risk because I could lose but the reward is beating a big name on my record. It can also get me closer to my world title shot that I’ve worked so hard for.
“Not fighting on the May 5th Mayweather-Cotto card in Las Vegas had nothing to do with me and Winky. We both signed and everything was in place. You can’t stop haters, though. They’re trying to bring me down. They don’t understand the boxing business.”
By Jeff Zimmerman
Long time middleweight contender and Texas native Brian Vera (19-6, 12 KOs) will headline former world champion Paulie Ayala’s next show, “Gloves & Guitars: The Tejano Throwdown” on April 21st at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Vera will take on tough journeyman Taronze Washington (14-16, 7 KOs) for the “World Professional Boxing Federation” middleweight title.
Ayala has once again filled his card with the top prospects in the Dallas Forth Worth area which includes Miguel “The Fighting Marine” Buendia, Samuel “Main Event” Clarkson and Manuel “The Punisher” Rojas all fighting in separate bouts. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez/WBO
On Friday, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and its president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, gave diamond rings to Mexican Champions Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge “Travieso” Arce. Marquez, the WBO lightweight super champion, and Arce, the WBO bantamweight champion, are multiple division titleholders. Joining in the festivities were ring legends Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Julio Cesar Chavez. The event was held in Puerto Rico.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In an effort to expand the community social work it is committed to, the WBA will introduce its “KO Drugs” campaign in Canada tonight in a show promoted by “Steeltown Boxing Gym” in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. In this first ground breaking event, the WBA is looking forward to working hand-in-hand with Boxing Ontario, which is the regulatory Organization for Amateur Boxing in Ontario.
Sixteen of the best unsigned fighters in the world took their first step towards glory Friday night as they won their first round tournament fights in the fast-paced premiere of The Ultimate Fighter® Live on FX.
The 32 UFC hopefuls arrived at the famed TUF Gym in Las Vegas ready to fight their way into the final 16, but they were met with a stunning announcement: all first round elimination bouts would consist of a single five-minute round. (more…)
By Graham Houston
In theory, a boxer who stops his opponent should be able to win the rematch, perhaps more quickly, but ring history shows this simply isn’t so. Many times, the boxer who lost the first time gets his payback in the encore. Puerto Rico’s Juan Manuel Lopez will be seeking to turn the tables on Mexican veteran Orlando Salido in their eagerly awaited return bout on Saturday night, and the oddsmakers say he will get his revenge.
Lopez will again be on home turf, with a big crowd behind him. In the first fight, last April, Lopez stormed to an early lead on the judges’ scorecards, suffered a knockdown in the fifth round, seemed to be back on track in the seventh and then got caught by big punches in the eighth round and just “went”.
It is fights such as Saturday’s rematch (for the WBO featherweight title) that keep boxing aficionados endlessly intrigued, and Showtime viewers in the U.S. and fans watching on BoxNation in the U.K. might be witness to one of the most vivid fights of the year because there seems certain to be high tension in every round, and quite possibly some torrid exchanges, before one or the other fighter gains ascendancy. (more…)
Someone remembered to test WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Derek Chisora after their February 18 clash in Munich, Germany. The WBC reports that the German Boxing Federation (BDB) sent them a copy of the antidoping laboratory tests, and both fighters tested negative.
2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada made a strong statement Friday night, knocking out veteran “Diamond” Dominique Alexander in the second round at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. After undergoing surgery to his elbow and ankle, Estrada (18-4, 5 KOs) showed more power than he had in the past against veteran Alexander (22-14-1, 10 KOs). “I felt good and knew that I was in good shape,” Jason said after the fight. “The big difference was the time between my last fight, December. That’s the big thing, staying active. I was lifting weights a lot with my father and it showed tonight. I hit him with a short right and left as he was going down. He was a tough kid who kept trying.”
Popular cruiserweight Rich Gingras (11-2, 7 KOs), one of the stars of The Contender IV, dropped Adam Harris (10-5, 7 KOs) with a left hook to the body for an exciting second-round knockout in the co-feature. An obviously pained Harris went down on one knee but was unable to beat the count. Gingras was fighting for the first time in 2-1/2 years. (more…)
“I am very proud that I can bring another belt home to my son”, said the always exciting IBF #15 rated heavyweight Konstantin “Sandman” Airich after his come-from-behind ninth round TKO over WBO #6 rated Ondrej Pala on Friday night in Tekirdag, Turkey. “I thank everybody who kept on believing in me especially in the hard times I went through – foremost, of course, my family and my coach Hans-Jürgen Witte.” With the win, the German heavyweight added the WBO European championship to his IBF Intercontinental title and will surely move up in the world ratings.
“I am very happy for Konstantin,” says promoter Ahmet Oner. “He is a hard worker who really earned himself this win. After a spectacular performance like this he has bigger paydays coming up. It’s sad for Ondrej Pala that he couldn’t bring home the victory when he was leading on the scorecards but he’s only 27 years old. He will learn from this loss and come back stronger than ever.”
Former world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik of Youngstown, Ohio returns to the ring on a Top Rank Live! fight card in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome on Saturday, March 31. Pavlik, 37-2, 32 KOs, will take on Aaron Jaco, 15-2, 5 KOs, of Sarasota, Fla. in a 10 round bout. “Kelly has been working very hard at his training camp in Oxnard, Calif., and hopefully this will be the beginning of his re-emergence into boxing at the top level,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. Chief trainer Robert Garcia commented, “Kelly is ready. He is strong and he wants to get back into the ring to compete.”
The Top Rank Live! telecast on the Azteca America network will feature featherweight Alejandro Lopez, 23-3, 7 KOs, of Tijuana against Russian-born Evegeny Gradovich, 12-0, 6 KOs. In the opening televised bout, super featherweight Casey Ramos, 15-0, 4 KOs, of Austin, Texas, will take on Gerardo Robles, 17-10, 9 KOs, of Kansas City. Texas fighters are the card include unbeatens Ivan Najera, Adam Lopez plus the return of big punching Alex Saucedo of Oklahoma City.
Tickets are $100 VIP, $50, $25 plus applicable fees and may be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlet locations, through in the internet at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Top Rank is promoting in association with Jesse James Leija and Mike Battah Promotions.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for Saturday night’s Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:
Dusty Harrison 145 vs. Booker Mullins 144
Ty Barnett 138 vs. Damon Antoine 143 (may have to drop weight)
Ivan Ziglar 155 vs. Allen Perkins 156
Josh Rupard 155 vs. Michael Arnold 157
Kaelan Hollon 200 vs. Kasondra Hardnett 254
Abodurin Akinyanju 289 vs. DeAndre McCole 231
Zakki Scott 195 vs. Andre Ward 195
Renaldo Gaines 132 vs. Warren Huffman 130
By Boxing Bob Newman
Jose Medina 160.5 vs. Michael Rayner 160
Brian Miller 138 vs. Christopher Finley 137
Shawn Miller 175 vs. James Denson 172.5
Markus Williams 157 vs. Stephen Scott 157
Zachary Smith 135 vs. Ramon Santos 133
Gabriel Duluc 142 vs. Calvin Pritchard 146
Treysean Wiggins 144 vs. Duane Hall 145
Chazz McDowell 133.5 vs. Jamell Tyson 134
Javier Baez 147 vs. Anthony Birmingham 147
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European super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (26-3, 18 KOs) retained his title with a twelfth round TKO over official challenger Arsen Martirosyan (18-5, 8 KOs) on Friday at the Palais des Sports de Gerland in Lyon, France. Martinez, who was way ahead on the cards, dropped Martirosyan with a left hook, then finished him with violent follow-up barrage.
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In a clash of world ranked heavyweights, IBF #15 Konstantin Airich (23-5-2, 17 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career with a spectacular ninth round TKO over WBO #6 Ondrej Pala (30-3, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Atatürk Spor Salonu in Tekirdag, Turkey. The normally aggressive Airich was never able to get untracked early as Pala picked him apart with jabs and power shots. Airich finally came to life in round six when he staggered Pala, but the referee stopped the action when both fighters lost their mouthpieces and Pala was given plenty of time to recover. Pala regained control in the seventh and eighth, but in the ninth Airich caught Pala in the corner again and had him ready to go. Pala spit out his mouthpiece again, but after a short delay (and point deduction) Airich was all over him with a non-stop barrage of punches that forced a referee’s stoppage. In their first bout in 2009, Pala took a majority decision over Airich.
German heavyweight prospect Erkan Teper (8-0, 6 KOs) won by TKO at the beginning of round five when Ivica Perkovic (15-14, 11 KOs) couldn’t continue due to an arm injury.
Cruiserweight Varol Vekiloglu (19-3, 11 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Christian Schwaeblein (5-6, 3 KOs). Vekiloglu dropped Schwaeblein in round two with a body shot and finished him with a left hook to the body in round four.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian light heavyweight Blake Caparello (11-0, 5 KOs) outscored American Kevin Engel (18-6, 15 KOs) over ten rounds at the Croation Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Scores 100-89, 100-90, 100-90. Caparello dominated Engel in all of the rounds.
Also PABA super bantamweight champion Dianever Orcales (7-4-2, 4 KOs) scored a near-shutout decision over James Mokoginta (20-7, 19 KOs) in a twelve round bout. Scores 120-109, 119-109, 120-108.
In a light welterweight contest, Steve Ongen Ferdinandous (11-4, 5 KOs) stopped Robert Whaley (7-3-2, 4 KOs) in two rounds.
Promoter Charlie Liparota more photos
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) weighed in at the division limit of 126 lbs for his world title rematch against the previous beltholder Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Juanma” scaled in at 125.7.
For the ten round NABF/NABO featherweight title co-feature, “Mikey” Garcia initially weighed in a quarter-pound heavy but came back to make 126 on his second try. Opponent Bernabe Concepcion weighed 125.5. (more…)
WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (33-2, 9 KOs) weighed in at 134 lbs for his world title defense against former WBA champion Paulus Moses (28-1, 19 KOs) before an expected 6,000+ crowd on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Paulus scaled in at 133.
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