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After his win over Khoren Gevor on Saturday, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm had to go directly to the hospital for treatment on his right ear. “I’m fine,” he stated. “It’s a small but necessary procedure. The blood from a bruise was sucked into the ear. But never mind! For me everything is good. I won’t let anything take me away from seeing the Formula One race in the Nürburgring with my friend Poldi (soccer star Lukas Podolski). It was a great evening. I think the fans got their money’s worth. It was not only a good fight, but also a super event. Now the first thing I’ll do is take a long vacation. I’ve boxed twice within 77 days. Many thanks to my whole team. We’ve all earned a break.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Ed Mulholland
The news shocked the boxing world: Arturo Gatti dead at 37, due to foul play. A week after Alexis Arguello’s suicide, boxing lost another great champion in tragic fashion. For over a decade, the charismatic Arturo Gatti was one of HBO’s top dogs and the reason was known to all: Arturo was the quintessential warrior, valor in its purest form, providing drama each time he stepped into the ring. The Italian-Canadian was a real life phoenix rising from the ashes, coming back so many times from the brink of defeat, showing unbelievable physical courage while receiving brutal punishment, being both predator and prey. An Arturo Gatti fight was better than the best Hollywood thriller simply because it was reality, not fiction. The drama was real, the anguish was real, the pain was real. And triumph, when it came, gave Gatti the dimension of a gladiator of the past overcoming inhuman hardship. (more…)
On Sunday, WBA world middleweight champion Felix Sturm, new WBC middleweight interim champion Sebastian Zbik and WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman visited the German Formula One Grand Prix at the famous Nürburgring Speedway. They watched an impressive victory by Redbull driver Mark Webber with German superstar Sebastian Vettel taking second place in the Redbull Team garage. Sebastian Zbik: “You can feel the horsepower like a vibration through your body. It’s unbelievable.” Mauricio Sulaiman was impressed by Team Redbull: “They do a very professional job. The pit stop was so fast. We were very close to it.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Newly crowned IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou contacted Fightnews shortly after his clear win over Phillip Ndou to issue a challenge to the winner of the Isaac Hlatswayo vs Delvin Rodriguez who fight for the IBF 147 belt soon. “It is great to be a world champion again after beating Phillip Ndou today. He gave me a good fight but my experience showed, and at the end of twelve rounds, I was a clear winner on the judges cards. Now I want the IBF welterweight crown. I am a former IBF junior welterweight champion and now I’m ready to defeat the winner of the Isaac Hlatswayo vs Delvin Rodriguez. I am confident that I will beat either of them after seeing tapes of them.” (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Middleweight Troy Rowland continued his comeback on Saturday night with a unanimous 6 round decision win at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids, MI, but unlike his first fight back, this one was far from easy. Opponent Dave Saunders of Cincinnati and head trainer Jeff “Cobra” McCall expressed confidence before the bout with their game plan to stay on the offensive and press Rowland. The action heated up immediately and Troy emerged from a clinch near the end of the first round with blood streaming down his face from a cut over his left eye. “The butt threw me off my plan a bit” related Rowland. “The blood was getting into my eye and I got a little over anxious in the second round.” As Saunders continued to press the action, Rowland settled and took control in the third. Rowland’s corner did a good job with the cut although it continued to bleed for the rest of the bout. Troy also suffered a bloody nose in the fifth round but returned the favor as Saunders nose ran red in the sixth. Rowland closed the bout strong to win by scores of 58-56 x 2 and 59-55 to improve his record to (25-2, 7 KOs). Saunders falls to (9-8). (more…)
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Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko retained his IBF bantamweight championship with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing. In a controversial co-feature, Antonio DeMarco knocked out Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho at 2:59 of the ninth round to become the WBC’s No. 1 ranked lightweight and the mandatory challenger to current champion Edwin Valero. (Click here.)
By Kurt Wolfheimer / Photos: Ed Mulholland
A near sellout crowd of 5,600 in attendance, with a heavy Polish contingent, filled the Prudential Center with hopes of seeing IBF Cruiserweight champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek outclass Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn and watch the man from Gilowace, Poland score an early knockout. (Click here)
Highly regarded prospect James “Keep Em Sleepin” Stevenson (9-0, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, MD will look to keep his flawless record intact as he will lace up for a rematch with confident challenger Ken Dunham on July 25th the DuBurns Arena. An elite talent in the Beltway area, Stevenson has started to create a major buzz in the boxing world. Dunham (6-8, 4 KOs) of Charlotte, NC is looking to avenge his loss earlier this year and will have a wave of confidence when he enters the ring. (more…)
Welterweight contender Ivan “The Terrible” Kirpa and former cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham join Legendary Promoter Don King at the post fight press conference following their victories in world title eliminators on July 11th 2009 in Sunrise, Florida.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
Lesnar, GSP defend at UFC 100: At UFC 81 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Brock Lesnar (4-1) entered the Octagon for the first time. The man standing on the opposite side of the cage was former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (12-4). In a short, but highly talked about battle, Mir emerged victorious, catching Lesnar with a knee bar in the opening round . . . Click here for more
Lesnar apologizes for behavior: With his UFC 100 victory over an overmatched Frank Mir, Brock Lesnar solidified his claim to MMA legitimacy. With just five professional fights, Lesnar now has wins over two former champions in Mir and Randy Couture and a cagy veteran in Heath Herring . . . Click here for more
Police have reportedly arrested the wife of ring great Arturo Gatti for alleged involvement in her husband’s death at a luxury resort in Brazil. Citing contradictions in the story of 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues, authorities are preparing to file formal charges. Gatti was found dead on Saturday morning in a hotel room at a Brazilian beach resort.
By Alexey Potapov
As Fightnews.com previously reported, WBC heavyweight champion “Dr. Ironfist” Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) will conduct his next fight against former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) on September 12 in Germany. In August Vitali leaves for training camp in Austria in preparation to the fight. Looks like Klitschko-Haye will be televised on HBO in the United States and BBC in Great Britain. Haye’s fights were previously broadcast by troubled Setanta Sports.
By Joe Koizumi
Split-site triple world title promotions are ready in Tokyo and Kobe, Japan, just two days prior to the highly anticipated events. WBC featherweight champ Takahiro Aoh (17-1-1, 8 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will risk his belt against perennial top contender Elio Rojas (20-1, 13 KOs) in Tokyo. In Kobe, there will be a couple of world title bouts. WBC bantamweight ruler Hozumi Hasegawa (26-2, 10 KOs), a Japanese lefty making his ninth defense, will put his throne on the line against Nestor Rocha (21-1, 7 KOs), a game and fresh Mexican-American. Unbeaten Nicaraguan KO artist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (23-0, 20 KOs) will defend his WBA minimum crown against ex-WBA/WBC titlist Katsunari Takayama (23-3, 9 KOs), a Japanese footworker, over twelve. All the three competitive bouts will be shown by the same network named Nippon TV in Japan. (more…)
By Lee Bates
As if losing to IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) Saturday night wasn’t enough to think about, unified IBF/WBC/WBA 115lb champion Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs) will soon have to let the IBF know if he will either defend his IBF junior bantamweight title or vacate it. Darchinyan’s IBF junior bantamweight belt was not on the line as he challenged champion Agbeko for his title. The mandatory challenger for the IBF junior bantamweight title is Simphiwe Nongqayi (15-0, 6 KOs) of South Africa. Nongquayi’s biggest win to date is his 12 round IBF title eliminator decision victory over Francisco Arce (younger brother of Jorge) this past February.
See video highlights of WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm’s successful title defense against European champion Khoren Gevor.
The BankAtlantic Center was filled with 9,227 fans who saw a great night of boxing in Sunrise, Fla., Saturday night.
JOSEPH KING KONG AGBEKO: “He [Darchinyan] pushed me in the seventh round and throughout the fight. He is very dirty and rough in the ring. I was fighting two people in the ring: Darchinyan and the referee. But I didn’t care if there were five people in the ring tonight, I was going in to win and come back out with my championship belt. Darchinyan talked a lot before the fight and I turned him into ‘the raging bullsh!tter’ like I said I would. I’m still the champion, not the chimpanzee he said I was. I have always said I would carry the greatness of Ghana with me to the top and that’s what I have done. I want to be considered among the top pound for pound fighters in the world. I think I have earned it.”
VIC DARCHINYAN: “I took a different tactic into the ring tonight. I went for the big punch and I lost and I can’t say anything about that. I was repeating the same mistakes and I was getting upset. It’s not an excuse. I took the bad tactic and I wasn’t smart enough tonight. He was the better fighter tonight. I will go back and watch the tape and correct my mistakes.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Lovemore Ndou used all his experience to beat the gutsy Phillip Ndou on points over 12 rounds to win the vacant IBO welterweight belt at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night.
Judge Deon Dwarte (SA) scored it 116-112 and judge David Moretti (USA) was way off the mark with a 115-113 card, whilst judge Bruce McTavish (Philippines) handed in a more realistic card of 117-111. The 37-year-old Lovemore (47-11-1, 31 KOs) from Sydney used all his years of experience to out think and outpace the 32-year-old Phillip (32-4, 31 KOs) who was having only his second fight since May 2004. (more…)
Joseph King Kong Agbeko spoke to the press after his twelve round unanimous decision win over favored Vic Darchinyan on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Darchinyan was a no-show.
IBF featherweight champion Cristóbal “Lacandón” Cruz (39-11-1, 23 KOs) retained his title by unanimous decision over Jorge “Colorado” Solís (37-2-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Scores were 114-110, 113-110 and 113-111 for Cruz, who avenged a 2003 loss to Solís.
Also Julio César “Pingo” Miranda knocked out Eric Ortiz in the first round of a bout for the IBF interim flyweight belt. (more…)
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
In one of the most dominant performances in UFC history, heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar smashed interim titlist Frank Mir over two rounds en route to scoring a second round TKO victory at 1:48. In the first round Lesnar wasted no time slamming Mir to the mat. Lesnar, in firm control, used nearly all five minutes to throw hard punches to the face of Mir. In the second round Mir rallied by landing two hard knees but was taken down hard in return. Pressed against the cage, Mir ate over one dozen unanswered punches to the head until referee Herb Dean stopped the contest at 1:48.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre used superior wrestling and relentless takedowns to beat and bloody challenger Thiago Alves over five grueling rounds en route to winning a unanimous decision. Judges scored the bout 50-45 twice and 50-44.
Dan Henderson finished The Ultimate Fighter 9 with a bang by knocking Michael Bisping unconscious with a single, devastating overhand right. The fight was waved off at 3:20 of the second round. (more…)
By Karl Freitag at ringside
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) took a hard fought unanimous decision over unified super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. A close fight turned when Darchinyan scored a flash knockdown in round seven, however Agbeko took “The Raging Bull” out of his game in the eighth. Darchinyan rallied in the ninth, but was pretty busted up. Agbeko closed strong to win. Scores were 116-111, 114-113, 114-113.
In a WBC lightweight eliminator, Antonio DeMarco (21-1-1, 15 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Anges Adjaho (25-2, 14 KOs). After a slow start, Adjaho pressed the action over the early rounds. DeMarco got on track in the fourth and staggered Adjaho in the sixth. Adjaho, however, turned the tables rocking DeMarco in the eighth. Adjaho was hurt and took a knee at the end of the ninth. DeMarco then grazed him on the back of the head while kneeling. Adjaho rolled over and was counted out. Time was 2:59.
In an IBF cruiserweight eliminator and battle between former world champions, Steve Cunningham (22-2, 11 KOs) outpointed Wayne Braithwaite (23-4, 19 KOs) over twelve. Good action boxer/puncher battle as Cunningham’s ring savvy overcame Braithwaite’s power punching. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 117-111.
In a WBC welterweight eliminator, Ivan “The Terrible” Kirpa (23-1, 15 KOs) pounded out a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Miguel “Miki” Rodriguez (29-3, 23 KOs). Kirpa will now move on to a WBC final eliminator against another contender. Scores were 118-110, 120-108, 119-108. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (37-1, 26 KOs) successfully retained the IBF cruiserweight championship with a fifth round stoppage of a gutsy Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (18-4-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Adamek was in control throughout the contest, constantly battering Gunn with heavy two-punch combination and Gunn offering little in return. Gunn though outgunned, pressed forward in the fifth and landed a few good counters as the fight progressed. Adamek was not deterred and hurt Gun with a left hook late in the fourth. Gunn stumbled and tried to cover in the corner as Adamek unloaded a four-punch combination as the fourth round ended. At the advice of the ringside physician, who felt Gunn had taken too much punishment, referee Earl Brown called a halt to the contest at 3:00 of the fourth round, much to the dismay of Gunn and his corner who argued adamantely that the bout should continue.
Heavy handed super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) put on a masterful performance, dropping Piotr “The Wolf” Wilczewski (22-1, 7 KOs) twice, enroute to an impressive third round stoppage. Stevens dropped Wilczewski for the second time early in the third round with a left hook. Wilczewski rose to his feet, but could only cover up on the ropes as Stevens unloaded twenty unanswered shots forcing referee Earl Morton to call a halt to the action at 1:46 of the third round. (more…)
By Karl Freitag and Alexey Sukachev
WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm (33-1, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title against European champion Khoren Gevor (30-4, 16 KOs) by unanimous twelve round decision on Saturday night at the Ring Arena/Nürburgring Racetrack, Nürburg, Germany. Gevor applied great pressure early, keeping the fight at close quarters for much of the fight. Both fighters landed good blows. Gevor’s punches came in greater abundance, but many were picked off by Sturm’s defense. Sturm landed the cleaner shots down the stretch. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, 117-111.
Unbeaten WBC #2 middleweight Sebastian Zbik (27-0, 10 KOs) claimed the vacant WBC interim middleweight championship with a twelve round unanimous decision over #1 rated Domenico Spada (29-2, 14 KOs). The fight was closely contested throughout, although Spada closed stronger. Scores were 115-114 three times. (more…)
Legendary former world champion Arturo Gatti, 37, has reportedly been found dead inside a beachside flat he was renting at the Hotel Dorisol of Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil. He was found by his wife early Saturday with a head injury. Gatti had arrived with his wife and baby on Friday on their honeymoon. Local police consider his death suspicious.
WBC #2 welterweight “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin (19-0, 15 KOs) scores a ninth round KO over #3 “Sugar” Jackson Bonsu (30-3, 23 KOs) in a bout for the European championship as well as a WBC final eliminator for the right to face WBC welterweight world champion Andre Berto, on Saturday night at the Besiktas Cola Turka Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. Bonsu was down in round four after a liver shot and subsequent combination. Bonsu was down again in rounds six and nine before the bout was stopped in the ninth. (more…)
Former IBF/IBO flyweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr. opened up his workout to media and fans today at the Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos, California (about 20 miles south of San Francisco). “My weight is good, I feel strong,” said Donaire. “After I fight Rafael Concepcion, I’m looking for Arce and Montiel. That’s who I want in the ring next.” Donaire (21-1, 14 KOs), from San Leandro, Calif. by way of General Santos City, Philippines, is training for his upcoming challenge of former world champion Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion (13-3-1, 8 KOs), of Panama City, Panama, for the vacant WBA interim super flyweight title. The Donaire-Concepcion rumble headlines Top Rank’s “Pinoy Power 2″ — the world championship pay-per-view extravaganza on August 15th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Rey Migreno (11-9-2, 9 KOs) shocked the Thai crowd as he annihilated WBA#4 flyweight Ratanapol Sor Vorapin (59-8-1, 48 KOs) to capture the PABA flyweight title on Friday at Karon Beach in Phuket, Thailand. The Filipino wildly dropped the local fighter four times, twice in the opening round, once in round four and the last time in round five, which forced the referee to stop the bout. After the bout, Ratanapol, two-time IBF title holder, said in an interview that he is now deciding to finish his 20-year boxing career and he will officially announce it soon. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Young Italian prospect Luca Marasco (13-0, 5 KOs) became the new Italian lightweight champion after scoring a unanimous decision win over stablemate warrior Massimiliano Chiofalo (10-3-2, 1 KOs) on Friday night at the Lungolago Zanardelli in Toscolano Maderno, Italy. (more…)
At the IBF’s mandatory weigh-in the morning of the fight:
Joseph Agbeko 121.1 lbs | Vic Darchinyan. 127.7 lbs
Photographer Chris Cozzone brings you all the shots from yesterday’s historic UFC 100 weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas: Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir, Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves, Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping, and more! Click here to view
It’s the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, and for UFC 100, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing out the big guns. Two championships will be on the line when UFC heavyweight title holder Brock Lesnar defends his crown against rival Frank Mir in their long-awaited grudge match, and UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre puts his belt up for grabs against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago “Pitbull” Alves. Also, The Ultimate Fighter coaches collide as Dan Henderson takes on Michael “The Count” Bisping in a pivotal middleweight showdown. For more info, visit the official site for UFC 100
By Ron Jackson
Chris van Heerden retained his SA welterweight title when he beat Boitshepo Mandawe on points over 12 rounds at the Dr Malan School hall in Meyerton, near Johannesburg, on Friday night. In a gruelling and sometimes rather wild slugfest with neither fighter showing any particular boxing skills Van Heerden (66.44kg) finished strongly to take a unanimous decision. Judges David van Nieuwenhuizen and Joseph Chaane both scored it 117-110 and judge Boitumelo Madiba made it 116-111. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham has arrived in New York to return his IBF middleweight belt. After making ten successful – and spectacular – title defences, the undefeated 29-year-old will move up to super-middleweight. He will meet with IBF President Marian Muhammad during Saturday’s clash between IBF Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek and Bobby Gunn to personally inform her about his decision and bring back the belt. “It is about time for a new challenge,” King Arthur (30-0, 24 KOs) said. “It was a lot of fun to fight at middleweight but since neither Felix Sturm nor Kelly Pavlik wanted to get in the ring with me, I had to move on. Now I want to become the best boxer in the super-middleweight division and I really look forward to making even bigger fights in the future.”
By Felipe Leon at ringside
The open air Woodstock Terrace of the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego, CA, was once again home for professional boxing and an almost sell out crowd as Rogue Boxing Promotions showcased their second fight night in as many months when they presented “Havoc at the Hard Rock II: No Mercy” Friday night. Due to unseen circumstances regarding licensing of fighters, the original five bout fight card dropped down to three bouts. Despite the lack of rounds, the rowdy crowd left the historic Gaslamp Quarter satisfied with the hard packed action they witnessed in the ring.
In the main event, with fireworks erupting from nearby Sea World in the background, Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito Gesta of Chula Vista, CA by way of Cebu city, PI, scored his second straight knockout win stopping Orlando, FL’s Devaris Crayton in the third round of a scheduled eight. (more…)
By Robert Perea at ringside
Jesse Brinkley, 175, of Yerington, NV, won his eighth consecutive bout with a unanimous decision over Mike Paschall, 173, of Baltimore, MD at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Fighting at 175 pounds, the heaviest he’s ever been for a bout, and with just four and a half weeks to prepare, Brinkley said he wasn’t in peak condition. Nevertheless, he saved his best work for last, dominating the 10th round on his way to earning the nod on all three scorecards.
Rustam Nugaev of Perm, Russia joined his countrymen Fedor and Dmitry Chudinov as victors with a 6th round TKO of Orlando Membreno of Managua, Nicaragua. Both fighters weighed in for the bout at 137 pounds. Nuagev never knocked Membreno to the canvas, but he battered him enough in the sixth round to prompt Membreno’s corner to waive the white towel.
Unbeaten Matt Remillard 129 demolished Tyler Ziolowski 135 in the first round. Remillard is now 18-0, 10 KOs. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Junior Welterweight contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz is not seeking the services of Freddie Roach, according to manager Rolando Arellano. In an exclusive conversation with Fightnews.com, Arellano is dispelling recent rumors that Ortiz is dumping trainers Daniel Garcia and Mario Aguiniga. “We think very highly of Freddie and we respect him a great deal. In fact, he is a very, good friend. However, Victor is not going to break his alliance with Danny and Mario.” Last month, Ortiz was stopped in the sixth round to Marcos Maidana in an attempt for an interim world title last month at STAPLES Center. There was speculation that Ortiz did not want to continue, but officially the ringside physician felt that Ortiz’ swelling around his eyes prevented him from seeing properly. “Because of what happened in Victor’s last fight, rumors started and I’m just here to clarify Victor’s future. Victor is happy with Danny and Mario and will stay with them.” Ortiz is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. No immediate timetable is set on Ortiz’ return.
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