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Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Jose “Stinger” Medina did it again as he schooled previously undefeated Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick over ten rounds in Albany, New York. In the mold of former champion Freddie Pendleton, who started out with a 14-13-1 record before going on a tear, culminating in becoming IBF Lightweight champion, Medina might consider changing his name to “Spoiler” as he is now on a five fight unbeaten streak. (more…)
WBO #3 super featherweight Eloy “Prince” Perez (23-0-2, 67 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Ira Terry (24-7, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Sherwood Inn in Salinas, California. Referee Dan Stell waved it off at 1:22. No knockdowns, but Perez was in command throughout.
Light heavyweight Paul Mendez (7-2, 2 KOs) scored a clear six round unanimous decision over journeyman Loren Myers (8-14-1, 2 KOs). All three judges had it 60-54 for Mendez.
In another notable bout, former WBA female champion Carina “La Reina” Moreno (22-4, 6 KOs) won a harder than expected six round unanimous decision over scrappy 38-year-old Sharon Gaines (11-13-1, 3 KOs) in a flyweight bout. Scores were 59-55, 58-56, 58-56. Moreno previously beat Gaines in February 2009.
Also, unbeaten heavyweight terror Magomed Abdusalamov (9-0, 9 KOs) took out Masatka Takehara (6-6-3, 2 KOs) in the first round, light heavyweight Rudy Puga (2-0, 2 KOs) destroyed Jose Hurtado (3-5, 3 KOs) in the first round and pro debuting jr welterweight Ulises Soriano won a four round majority decision over Jonathan Zamudio 0-1-1.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Unbeaten middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (15-0-1, 10 KOs) escaped with a split decision win over veteran Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-9-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City. Duran seemingly outworked Gonzales, but Gonzales, who was far from flawless, prevailed on two cards by scores of 77-75, 77-75, while Duran was up 78-74 on the third card.
In a good action fight, welterweight Artemio “King” Reyes (14-1, 11 KOs) pounded out an upset eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten 2008 Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-1, 4 KOs). Reyes was the aggressor and outworked Molina, taking a deserved 77-75, 78-74, 78-74 victory. Click here for more photos…
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it has agreed to terms with broadcaster Jon Anik, who will serve as a commentator and on-air talent for the fastest-growing sports organization in the world. The 33-year-old Boston native, who has served as a top ESPN host for nearly six years, will handle play-by-play duties for upcoming UFC® events to air on FX and FUEL TV. Jon will also fulfill the newly-created host position for the revamped Ultimate Fighter® on FX. In addition, he will host UFC’s new magazine show, Ultimate Insider, which premieres on FUEL TV in January. (more…)
Photos: Emerico Perez
Jose Hernandez 135 vs. Justo Vallecillo 136
Miguel Buendia 130 vs. Abraham Esquivel 130
Manual Rojas 127.5 vs. Raul Carrillo 128
Arthur Trevino vs. 129 vs. Alex Lopez 129
Samuel Clarkson 166 vs. Jared Kemp 168.5
Joel Hernandez 119 vs. Carlos Casasola 120.5
Angel Solorzano 152 vs. Oscar Palacios 152
Venue: Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas
Promoter: Paulie Ayala Productions
Date: Saturday, October 29th – 7:30 pm
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
“We wanted a more challenging fight for undefeated Przemek Majewski (17-0, 11 KO) and we found it in the last possible moment – not Luciano Perez like announced previously, but Columbia’s Jose Miguel Torres (22-5, 19 KO) will be fighting with “The Machine” for NABF belt in Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on November 5,” announced Majewski promoter Mariusz Kolodziej from Global Boxing Promotions. In the main event of the “November Reign” gala co-promoted by Global Boxing and Jimmy Burchfield CES Promotions, undefeated heavyweight Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KO) will meet Oliver McCall (56-11, 37 KO).
A former world champion, a world ranked fighter and a solid prospect headline a Tijuana fight card presented by Zanfer Promotions on Saturday, November 5th and broadcast live in Mexico by the Azteca channel. After leaving his WBC super-flyweight title in the hands of Suriyam Sor Rungvisai of Thailand last August, Veracruz, Mexico southpaw Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (36-13-1, 24KOs) returns to the ring in a ten round bantamweight tilt versus the highly experienced Feliciano Dario Azuaga (82-21-2, 67KOs) of Paraguay.
In the semi-main event, world ranked Alejandro “Alex” Lopez (22-2, 7KOs) of Tijuana will face a tough test in a super bantamweight ten round bout when he faces Eusebio “Cascabel” Osejo (20-9-2, 7KOs) of Nicaragua. Osejo is currently the Nicaraguan national super bantamweight champion. (more…)
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa/Getty
Twenty four hours away from the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between former two-division UFC® champion BJ Penn and the unpredictable Nick Diaz, the main event stars came together at today’s weigh-in from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. To no one’s surprise, things quickly got explosive.
The 32-year-old Hawaiian and the 28-year-old from Stockton, Calif. came nose to nose in front of the capacity crowd. See the video highlight by clicking here.
From the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for UFC 137, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between BJ Penn and Nick Diaz and the heavyweight bout between Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo, airing live on Pay-Per-View from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in for two televised prelims at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the rest of the prelim bouts at 5:50 pm ET / 2:50 pm PT.
Nick Diaz (170) VS BJ Penn (169)
Matt Mitrione (255) VS Cheick Kongo (234)
Roy Nelson (252) VS Mirko Cro Cop (235)
George Roop (145) vs Hatsu Hioki (145)
Jeff Curran (134) vs Scott Jorgensen (135)
Donald Cerrone (156) vs Dennis Siver (155)
Bart Palaszewski (146) vs Tyson Griffin (149)
Eliot Marshall (204) VS Brandon Vera (205)
Danny Downes (155) VS Ramsey Nijem (155)
Francis Carmont (185) VS Chris Camozzi (185)
Dustin Jacoby (185) VS Clifford Starks (186)
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For more on UFC 137 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
By Gabrel F.Cordero
Giovanni Caro 120.80 vs Takalani Ndlovu 122
(IBF super bantamweight world title)
Notes: Puerto Rican Roberto Ramirez Sr. will be the third man on the ring for Ndlovu-Caro. Judges are Mike Fitzgerald (U.S.), Frabricio Cid (México) and Isaac Tshabalala (South Africa). IBF Supervisor is Lou Priluker (U.S.)
Arely Muciño 111.75 vs Ava Knight 111.75
IBF female flyweight world title
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, Colima, Colima
Promoter: HG Boxing and Branco Sport Promotions
Photos: Irwin Thompson/Top Rank
WBC #1-ranked super welterweight Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif., weighed in at 158 lb for his main event showdown against Richard Gutierrez (153.5 lb) of Miami on a Top Rank Live! fight card, Saturday, Oct. 29 at the WinStar World Casino. Martirosyan vs. Gutierrez will be televised live on Fox Deportes (10 pm et/7 pm pt). For more details and photos click here…
IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (28-2, 19 KOs) retained his title via seventh round stoppage of Andrea Sarritzu (32-4-5, 12 KOs) at the PalaRockfeller in Cagliari, Italy. (More to come)
By Robert Coster
He is largely unknown to most boxing fans, even in his native Puerto Rico, but jr welterweight Javier Monserrate (24-1-2, 17 KOs) hopes to change all that on Saturday night when he battles WBO #7 Javier “Terrible” Castro (25-4, 20 KOs) of Mexico. It will be the first time that Monserrate faces a ranked opponent and he hopes not only to win but to shine in front of the boxing luminaries attending the WBO Convention in Puerto Rico. (more…)
Vanes Martirosyan 158 vs. Richard Gutierrez 153.6
Casey Ramos 130 vs. Joselito Collado 128 1/2
Abie Han 160 vs. Eloy Suarez 163
Venue: WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Fox Deportes
French welterweight Frank Haroche Horta (27-8-5, 10 KOs) knocked Dean Byrne (15-1, 6 KOs) of Ireland from the list of unbeatens moments ago by way of 8th round TKO. The bout took place at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom. Horta was originally slated to face unbeaten Olympian Frankie Gavin, but Gavin pulled out the day before the fight citing “personal problems,” infuriating promoter Frank Warren.
Earlier this week, heavyweight contender Amir Mansour (15-0, 11KO’s), in search of an opponent for his upcoming bout on December 2nd in his home state of Delaware, reached out to DiBella Entertainment to see if their undefeated heavyweight, Kelvin Price (12-0, 6KO’s), would be interested in facing the self-proclamined “feared” heavyweight. Price accepted the offer without any hesitation only to be informed the following day that Mansour was no longer interested in the fight. (more…)
Photo: Marcelino Miguel Castillo Gonzalez
Flyweights Luis “El Nica” Concepcion and Hernan “Tyson” Marquez both weighed in at 112lbs for Saturday’s WBA flyweight title showdown at the Centro de Usos Múltiples in Hermosillo, México. Concepcion made weight on the first try, while Marquez arrived 30 minutes late and according to some looked tired.
Sources are saying that newly crowned WBA featherweight champion Celestino Caballero (32-4, 23 KOs) of Panama will make the first defense of his title against Satoshi Hosono (21-1, 15 KOs) of Japan. The date of the proposed bout would be December 31st in Japan. No venue has been mentioned at the moment.
By David Finger
The 24th Annual WBO Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico came to a conclusion yesterday with what many boxing insiders consider the most entertaining events of the week: the Championship and Ratings committee meetings and the award ceremony.
The proceedings kicked off in the Morning as president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel and the board entertained motions from the floor from numerous promoters and even fighters to move up the WBO workd rankings, and in some instances to enter the world rankings altogether. As always, colorful American promoter Gary Shaw stole the show with his frequent jokes, often at the expense of a fellow promoter , who had the misfortune of attending the event wearing a pink shirt and matching pink shoes.
“First of all, anyone wearing pink and pink sneakers should not be allowed at this microphone,” Shaw said jokingly, “he should only be allowed to argue for women’s fights.” (more…)
By David Finger at the scale
Photos: PRBBP/Jose Perez
Ivan Calderon 104 vs. Felipe Rivas 104
Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. 124 vs. Roberto Leyva 125
Yessica Bopp 107 vs. Suzanne Warner 105
Jore Melendez 153.25 vs. Eric Mitchell 153
Javier Castro 140 vs. Javier Monserrate 139
Yoelvis Gamboa 140 vs. Osenohan Vasquez 140
Jesus Pagan 108 vs. Israel Vazquez 110
Venue: Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales, Guaynabo, PR
Promoter: PR Best
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Due to Visa issues, the son of Welterweight World champion Pipino Cuevas Jr. has been replaced as the opponent to the undefeated Russian Lightweight champion Andrey Klimov 11-0 (6KOs) for this Saturday night’s main event in Maywood, California. Taking Cuevas’ place will be Eduardo “El Latigo” Arcos. The 23-year-old Arcos has been in with the likes of Robert Marroquin, Christopher Martin and Lonnie Smith. A fearsome puncher with 13 out of his 14 wins via stoppage, against only five losses, Arcos should prove a tough outing for the undefeated Russian with the WBC USNBC Lightweight title on the line. The seven bout fight card is promoted by Star Promotions / ShowDown Promotions along with UBM – Union Boxing Management.
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