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Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Carlisle Boxing, promoter John Carlisle, presented a seven bout card of professional boxing at DeCarlo’s Convention Center in the suburban Detroit city of Warren on Friday night. It was a show filled with early endings. Five boxers were making their pro debuts and as so often happens in the case of first timers, one is never quite sure of what you will get. In the only contest that went the distance and was far and away the best fight of the night, Detroit’s Larry Ventus won a unanimous six round decision over Toledo’s Gabriel Morris in their welterweight scrap. Scores were 59-56, 58-56, 59-55. Ventus started strong in dominating the first round and for a moment it looked like this one would end early as all the other bouts had. Morris however, began to hit his stride and kept engaging Ventus in spirited exchanges. Ventus bloodied Morris’ nose in the third and Morris would fight with the handicap the rest of the way. Morris had an excellent fifth round and it started to feel that an upset was in the making but Ventus boxed smoothly in the final round stunning Morris right before the bell to secure the victory in upping his record to (5-1, 4 KO’s). Morris came to fight but declines to (4-16-2, 0 KO’s). For more details and photos click here…
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Josh Hedges / Zuffa / Getty
At 37, Mirko Cro Cop is far from the man he used to be.
At the height of his career, he was an enigma. He said little, preferring to let his fist and feet do the talking in the ring. His aura ballooned to epic proportions after sending opponents to dream land with a high kick reminiscent of and as consistent as a pro-wrestlers finishing maneuver. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimerat ringside
Rising heavyweight Franklin “Yah- Yah” Lawrence (17-2-2, 12 KOs) moved one step closer to his world title aspirations with a two round drubbing of Raymond Ochieng (23-15-3, 18 KOs) in the schedule eight round main event at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA. In the co-feature of the five bout card promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions, smooth middleweight Derek Webster remained perfect at 11-0, 6 KOs with a hard fought, but convincing eight round unanimous decision victory over the always dangerous Taneal Goyko (4-3, 2 KOs). (more…)
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By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Unbeaten Gilberto “El Zurdo” Ramirez, who is the current WBC middleweight Youth champion, will seek his fifth knockout of this year on November 26 in Mexico City on the undercard of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Kermit Cintron. Ramirez (19-0, 17 KOs) will face Samuel Miller (24-4, 21 KOs) from Colombia and is represented by Canelo Promotions and Zapari Boxing Promotions. It is likely that the nearly 6’3 Ramirez will soon be contesting for a WBC belt.
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Well attended and among a great atmosphere, yesterday was opening day for the International Boxing Expo at the Plaza de las Estrellas in Mexico City. WBC president Jose Sulaiman officially opened the event, which was attended by former world champions Pipino Cuevas, Victor Rabanales, Cesar Bazan and reigning WBC light flyweight champion Adrian El “Confessor” Hernandez.
One of the highlights was the unveiling of the “immortalized hands” of Mauricio Sulaiman. His father, Don Jose, was pleasantly surprised when he received a commemorating plaque of his entry into the Guinness Book of Records for his 35 years heading the WBC. (more…)
Photo: Universal Promotions
Lightweight Abner Cotto (12-0, 10 KOs) remained undefeated and became the Puerto Rican national champion by winning a unanimous decision over Fernando Torres (17-3-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Cotto dropped Torres in rounds five and ten en route to a 98-90, 98-90 and 97-91 win. “I feel super good about this win,” said Cotto. “Undoubtedly, so far, it’s the greatest achievement of my career for the quality of opponent in Fernando Torres. This victory was the result of many hours and days of work and I thank God we got the win!” The card was promoted by Universal Promotions.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In a nationally televised promotion, New Zealand light heavyweight Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (12-0, 9 KOs) scored a major upset when he knocked out Trent Broadhurst (7-1, 4 KOs) in five rounds in the main event at the Mansfield Tavern, Mansfield, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Southpaw Berridge was the aggressor from the opening bell but the 6′ Broadhurst boxed skillfully connecting with accurate left jabs and using clever footwork. In round five, the 5’10 Berridge dropped Broadhurst twice with left hands and on the second knockdown he was counted out by the referee at 2:59. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In his biggest fight yet, featherweight Salvador Sanchez II added some substance to the phrase “The Legend Continues” with a surprising knockout at 2:02 of the second round over former Mexican national champion Jovanni “El Bambino” Soto in front of about 3,000 fans who packed the Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City.
“It was a great triumph,” said Sanchez II. “I’ve been learning a lot this year in Mexico and I’m managing to improve my technique and movement in the ring. During this time I’ve become a good fighter to get my dream of a world title opportunity. I’ll rest a few days, then return to the gym to look for a fight before closing 2011.” (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has denied quotes attributed to him by a Ukranian TV network regarding his future as a fighter. “This surprised me completely!,” Klitschko told BILD. “I can say that I’m doing at least two fights in the next year. I’ve never felt as fit and I will still bring highlights to my fans. Take my word for it.”
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Middleweight prospect Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales won an eight-round split decision over veteran Ossie Duran by the scores of 77-75 two times for Gonzales and 78-74 for Duran. In the co-feature, Artemio Reyes scored the biggest win of his young career by upsetting 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina by the scores of 78-74 twice and 77-75 in an eight round welterweight bout from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J.
In an extremely tight main event, Gonzales (15-0-1, 10 KOs), of Sacramento, Calif., threw crisper, cleaner punches in the early going. In a solid third round where Gonzales was able to successfully stick-and-move, he suffered a cut beneath his left eyebrow that didn’t seem to faze him throughout the fight. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and chief trainer Freddie Roach make a special Skype internet call to talk with US Army soldiers of Task Force Duke, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division from Ft. Knox, Kentucky, currently stationed in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Paquiao is preparing in Hollywood, California for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.
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…)
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