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Former world title challenger Jason Booth (36-6, 15 KOs) retained his British super bantamweight title with a twelve round split decision over Jamie Arthur (18-5, 4 KOs) on Saturday at the Leisure Centre in Brentwood, England. Scores were 115-113 and 117-112 for Booth, 115-114 for Arthur. It was Booth’s first fight since unsuccessfully challenging IBF 122lb world champion Steve Molitor in September.
Also Olympic super heavyweight bronze medalist David Price (9-0, 7 KOs) dropped Osborne Machimana (18-7-1, 13 KOs) in round one and finished him in round three.
By: Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Sebastian Andrzejczyk/ringpolska.pl
Poland’s Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2-1, 32 KOs), who will defend his WBC cruiserweight belt against mandatory challenger from Puerto Rico, Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KO) on April 2, says he is fully recovered from knee surgery and is now working on his strength. “I will be ready for everything Palacios wants to show in the ring,” said ‘Diablo.’ “My WBC belt will stay in Poland.” The bout will take place in Bydgoszcz, Poland. more photos
By Phil Doherty
Miami junior middleweight Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (17-1-1, 10 KOs) has signed to fight IBO #52-ranked Mexican middleweight veteran Angel “El Toro” Hernandez (30-9, 17 KOs) of Chicago for the vacant IBO International junior middleweight belt. The fight will take place in Chicago on March 25th. Joey Hernandez stopped Mexican Saul Duran (37-18-2, 30 KOs) during the second round of his last fight in October at the Seminole Hard Rock casino in Hollywood Florida. Angel Hernandez looks to rebound from two consecutive losses; including a stoppage suffered against Peter Manfredo (37-6, 20 KOs) at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut last May. The fight is contracted at the light middleweight limit of 154 pounds. No TV is announced at this time.
Courtesy of Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
It appears light heavyweights Otis Griffin (23-6-2, 9 KOs) of Sacramento and Yusaf Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs) of New York have finally found a home for their twice postponed title-eliminator. The new date and site is March 4 at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, Calif. The fight between the top-10 contenders is to determine a mandatory challenger for International Boxing Federation champion Tavoris Cloud.
It was originally supposed to happen Jan. 7 in Minneapolis, Minn., but severe weather forced a delay to Feb. 4 in Bloomington, Minn. That plan subsequently went by the wayside when, as explained to Griffin, the Minnesota promoter failed to comply with IBF regulations. Now, the scheduled 12-rounder has resurfaced in Southern California and will be promoted by Steve Bash.
Griffin, concerned about the delays, sounds relieved the fight finally seems set, and in his home state. “I think it works to my benefit,” he said. “I won’t have far to travel and I have more time to focus on my opponent.” Griffin, a correctional officer out of the ring, had a chance to face Cloud for the 175-pound belt late last year, but couldn’t agree on contract terms with promoter Don King.
Jason “Ironman” Bergman (15-9, 11 KOs) from Washington, PA is the New American East Coast heavyweight champion, winning by way of TKO at 1:40 into the second round over Horace Ray Grant (15-3, 9 KOs) from Bowie, MD. The record crowd at the New Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, witnessed a dominating performance as Bergman dropped Grant just 20 seconds into the bout with a solid right hook. Grant rose quickly though, and fought back hard as Bergman pressed the action the rest of the round. One minute into the second round Bergman dropped Grant again, this time with a straight left hand. Grant rose to his feet at the count of 8, but Bergman was not to be denied as he landed a series of unanswered punches to the head and body of Grant forcing referee Tim Wheeler to step in and stop the contest.
“That makes six straight wins, five by KO for Bergman,” said promoter Steve Simons. “His trainer, Jack Conway, has him doing all the right things. He’s definitely getting better with every performance.”
Also, lightweight prospect from Youngstown, OH. Chris Hazimihalis, won his fifth bout, all five by KO, as he stopped William Bokhart, now 0-3, out of South Bend, IN. via TKO in the second round.
This was it. The longest title reign in middleweight history was about to come to an end. For four-plus rounds, Chael Sonnen had backed up every ounce of his pre-fight smack talk and was putting the finishing touches on a monumental upset win over Anderson Silva. . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
WBC superflyweight champ Tomas Rojas (35-12-1-1NC, 23 KOs), 115, a Mexican southpaw footworker, barely kept his belt as he managed to avert furious attacks of Japanese challenger Nobuo Nashiro (14-3-1, 9 KOs), 115, and earned a hairline decision over twelve Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. The decision was close but unanimous: Hubert Minn (US) 114-113, Jaebong Kim (Korea) 116-113 and Edward Kugler (US) 116-111, all in favor of the lanky Mexican. The referee was Rocky Burke (US). more + photos
Photo by Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard
Former interim WBA world welterweight title challenger and current WBA #8 welterweight ranked Antonin Decarie (24-1, 7 KOs) is more than ready for his first fight of 2011. Decarie will take on southpaw veteran Shamone Alvarez (21-3, 12 KOs) in the scheduled for 10 round main event on the next edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fight series February 11th. The event will be promoted by Yvon Michel (GYM Promotions). Decarie has been getting the absolute best of preparation for his upcoming fight as he is shown pictured here sparring with southpaw 2008 Olympic gold medalist and unbeaten Felix Diaz (8-0, 5 KOs). Diaz himself is a beneficiary of the good sparring as he is preparing for his toughest fight to date March 26th with former interim WBA welterweight world champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (32-2-1, 14 KOs) in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Nuzhnenko like Decarie is right handed.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Facing the toughest opponent of his short professional career, undefeated featherweight prospect and Cuban Olympian Luis Franco eked out a close split-decision victory over the extremely tough and powerful Leonilo Miranda in Friday’s main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
In an equally close and hotly-contested co-feature, Freddie Roach-trained Lateef Kayode’s consecutive knockout streak ended at 14 when he scored a unanimous decision over the game and determined Nicholas Iannuzzi. (more…)
Heavyweight prospect Bryant “Bye Bye” Jennings, of Philadelphia, PA, goes for his sixth win in as many pro fights when he takes on veteran Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson, of Plainfield, NJ, in a scheduled six-round contest Saturday evening, Feb. 26, in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City. Gabriel Rosado and Jamaal Davis collide in the all-Philadelphia junior middleweight main event, set for 12 rounds. Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, and Dillet Frederick of Fort Myers, FL, square off in the scheduled eight-round junior welterweight semifinal. (more…)
Photo by Winfried Mausolf
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) will challenge WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius (21-1, 12 KOs) on Team Sauerland´s big show in Mulheim, Germany on February 12. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the hard-hitting Cuban ahead of the biggest fight of his career. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC superflyweight champ Tomas Rojas (35-12-1-1NC, 23 KOs), 115, a southpaw Mexican footworker, barely kept his belt as he managed to avert furious attacks of Japanese challenger Nobuo Nashiro (14-3-1, 9 KOs), 115, and earned a hairline decision (114-113, 116-113 and 116-111) over twelve Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. (More to come)
WBCBoxing.tv will present two championship boxing webcasts – free of charge – today.
In the evening’s first webcast (10PM ET/7PM PT), NABF strawweight champion Juan “El Churritos” Hernandez, 17-1 with 13 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his sixth defense of the title against undefeated Moises Fuentes, 12-0 with 6 knockouts, also of Mexico City. The scheduled 12-rounder will headline at Sala de Armas in Mexico City.
The second webcast at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT will be a same day telecast from the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan featuring WBC super flyweight world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas, 34-12-1 with 23 knockouts, of Veracruz, Mexico, making his first defense of the title against Nobuo Nashiro, 14-2-1 with 9 knockouts, of Osaka. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (24-1-1, 16 KOs) will face Mexican countryman Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (18-2, 17 KOs) in a ten rounder on the “Prieba de Fuego” card headlined by WBC light flyweight champion Gilberto Keb Bas against former world champion Jose Antonio Aguirre. Thompson is the WBC Mundo Hispano featherweight champion. The event takes place February 26 at the Polifórum ‘Zamná’ in Mérida, Yucatan, presented by Cancun Boxing, HG Boxing and Arjona Promotions.
As they prepare for their own world title battles, multi-division world champions Miguel Cotto, Nonito Donaire, Ricardo Mayorga and Fernando Montiel spoke from their training camps to give their predictions on Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV.
Miguel Cotto: “The Steel Curtain of Pittsburgh will drop and close the show on the Green Bay Packers. I’m going with the Iron City.”
Nonito Donaire: “Aaron Rogers is a great quarterback. He throws very few interceptions. He will lead the Packers to victory.
Ricardo Mayorga: “I’m pulling for Green Bay. They fight hard like me. The Steelers will roll over like Cotto when I dropkick him in our super brawl on March 12.”
Fernando Montiel: “I’m going with Green Bay. They are peaking at the right time.”
At first glance, he looks like he should be throwing no look passes in the NBA instead of spinning back elbows.
His demeanor screams “student.”
Nothing about him says, “I’m a fighter,” let alone “I’m a fighter that will one day be ranked among the best in the world.” At 6’4″ and a nearly 85-inch wing span, he could pass for a basketball player. He opts for the often cruel world of fighting—and the choice paid off handsomely . . . click here for more
Photo: Anna Anderson
Emily “The Enforcer” Klinefelter (9-0, 3 KOs) weighed 122 pounds for her showdown Saturday evening against Christina “The Bullitt” Ruiz (5-3-1, 3 KOs) in the headliner of “February Fisticuffs” at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds in Iowa City, Iowa. Ruiz arrives Saturday morning and will weigh-in at that time. “I don’t know if the fight will go six rounds, four rounds or two rounds but I know it will be an exciting fight,” stated promoter Adam Pollack of Win By KO Promotions regarding the outcome of Klinefelter vs. Ruiz. “This is the type of match-up that builds women’s boxing.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In his toughest fight to date, unbeaten WBO #9 featherweight Luis Franco (9-0, 5 KOs) showed lots of heart in getting past KO artist Leonilo Miranda (32-3, 30 KOs) by ten round split decision on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. The power-punching Miranda has good success in round one, even dropping Franco although referee Marcos Rosales ruled it a slip. Franco showcased his speed and boxing skills in round two and for the next few rounds, however Miranda had a huge round five battering Franco with power shots. There was wide open action for the rest of the fight with Franco and Miranda literally trading punches for long stretches. Scores were 96-94 Miranda, 97-93, 96-94 Franco.
WBA #4/WBC #6 cruiserweight Lateef Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) struggled against Nicholas Iannuzzi 16-2, 9 KOs) to retain his NABF/NABO belts. Kayode’s 14 fight knockout streak ended as Iannuzzi for the most part gave as good as he got. Iannuzzi was deducted a point by Raul Caiz Jr. for a punch after the final bell. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 95-94. The crowd booed the decision. (more…)
Photo: Emily Harney
Starring in just the second main event of his young, professional career, Vladine Biosse of Providence, R.I, kicked off the new year in style with a third-round TKO victory over Santiago Samaniego on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Utilizing his powerful right hook, Biosse sent Samaniego to the canvas early in round three and finished the job at the 2:27 mark to record his 10th professional victory and fifth knockout – his first KO since November of 2009 when he broke his hand in a win over Jeffrey Osborne (an injury that ultimately required surgery). For more details and photos click here…
Rigoberto Alvarez 154 vs. Austin Trout 154
(WBA super welterweight championship)
Jesus Silvestre 106.2 vs. Yader Escobar 106.2
(WBA junior flyweight eliminator)
Horacio Garcia 121.9 vs. Lizandro de Los Santos 121.9
(WBC super bantamweight Youth title)
Jose Salgado 115.7 vs. Diego Martinez 115.7
Willy Velazquez 117.9 vs. Hector Rodriguez 119
Carlso Ignacio Perez 134.9 vs. Edward Sidney 133.3
Cristian De La Cruz 106.2 vs. David Escobedo 106.2
Venue: Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy/Canelo Promotions
Photo: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
In front of his hometown fans in the Félix Méndez Acevedo Coliseum in Lares, Puerto Rico, unbeaten lightweight Michael “El Artista” Pérez (12-0-1, 6 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round TKO over Marcos Herrera (6-4-2, 2 KOs) on Friday night. Perez rocked Herrera midway through the last round and the referee waved it off at 1:36. “I felt great!” Perez said afterward. “It was a dream fighting on front of my people. We trained hard for this fight and I had a great victory.”
In the co-feature, WBO #10 super bantamweight Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez improved his record to 15-0 with 12 KOs with a fifth round TKO win over Colombian warrior John Alberto Molina. “I’m excited,” he said. This win drives me closer to a title opportunity. I want to fight the top names.” (more…)
In a clash of former “Contender” fighters, Brian Vera (18-5, 11 KOs) won a ten round split decision over former WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora (22-2, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Vera was the aggressor and applied pressure throughout while Mora showcased his defensive skills mixed in with flurries. Mora came on late and both were bloodied at the end. Scores were 96-94, 96-94 Vera, 96-94 Mora. This isn’t the first time Vera has played the role of spoiler. He previously handed Andy Lee his only loss.
Highly regarded unbeaten welterweight Charles Hatley (14-0-1, 11 KOs) and Chris Chatman (9-1-1, 4 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw. Hatley dropped Chatman in round one, but Chatman came on strong late dropping Hatley in the eighth even things up on two cards. Scores were 77-73 Hatley, 75-75, 75-75.
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Report and photo by Robert Hughes
Charles Hatley (14-0-0, 11 KOs) takes on San Diego’s Chris Chatman (9-1-0, 4 KOs) in an eight round jr. middleweight fight that is the co-main event of ‘ESPN Friday Night Fights’ broadcast live and worldwide from the Fort Worth Convention Center. This week downtown Fort Worth is home-away-from-home for ESPN because the network is basing its Super Bowl XLV coverage here. So all those East Coast suits are going to have to try squeezing in a little boxing before heading to their favorite Super parties. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA Championship Committee has voted to appoint Panamanian Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero as the mandatory challenger for featherweight champion Yonathan Barros. Barros has 180 days to fight his mandatory, so he could make an optional defense in the meantime.
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