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By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Call it the battle of Los Angeles area fighters. Or one Golden Boy fighter versus another Golden Boy fighter. Maybe even one world title challenger versus another. Regardless of how one would dissect the Jose Navarro versus Nestor Rocha crossroads bout, in the end, it was Rocha who made the most of this opportunity. Unfortunately for the talented Navarro, the loss will require him to evaluate whether to pursue his career as a legitimate contender. (more…)
Report and photos by Rocco Morales
An electrifying night of boxing was enjoyed by a packed house at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel as fight fans turned out to support LOCKED N LOADED III, a 6 fight card that featured many very talented local fighters.
In the main event of the evening, a scheduled 10 round championship bout for the vacant WBC CABOFE junior welterweight championship, Jose “El Nino” Reynoso wore down and punished previously undefeated Hector “Teco” Serrano forcing the referee to finally call an end to the bout at 1:50 of the 8th round. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photo by Mike Greenhill
Friday night at the Clarence “Du” Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, Jesse “The Beast Nicklow (20-2-3, 7KO’S) and “Vicious” Julius Kennedy (7-1-1, 3KO’s) laid it all on the line for the Maryland State and World Boxing Federation middleweight titles in a hard fought ten round war that had the crowd cheering throughout from the non-stop action. After all the dust was settled it was declared a draw by scores of 95-95 x 2, and 98-92 (Nicklow). (more…)
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
It was a terrific night of boxing, Friday Night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. Fight fans were treated to plenty of fireworks as rising star Andy Lee (23-1-1, 16 KOs) of the Middleweight division punished and stopped local favorite, Michael “The Midnight Stalker” (19-5-2, 12 KOs) for nearly eight rounds. Also displaying their skill, were various up-and-coming Russian prospects who did not disappoint. (more…)
Ringside report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
In the main event of “Shobox: The New Generation,” from Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm, Nev., Freddy Hernandez scored the 20th knockout of his professional career with a fourth round TKO stoppage over Mike Anchondo in a scheduled 10-round welterweight fight.
On a card promoted by Gary Shaw Promotions, “El Riel” put himself closer to a future world title shot against Andre Berto with an impressive performance that demonstrated his punching power and poise to seek openings against an aggressive Anchondo . . . Click here for more
UFC® fans will have the opportunity to bid on one of the hottest cars ever made on Friday, Sept. 24 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Las Vegas, Nev. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has teamed up with Findlay Customs and Modern Muscle Las Vegas to build a limited-edition UFC Camaro complete with 650 super-charged horsepower and one-of-a-kind features sure to grab the attention of UFC fans and car aficionados alike. (more…)
With a top-flight main event featuring former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir pitted against mixed martial arts legend Mirko Cro Cop, a co-main event with light heavyweight rising star Ryan Bader taking on Rogerio Nogueira and a rematch between former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and Indianapolis native Chris Lytle, the UFC confirms the remaining bouts for UFC 119: Mir vs Cro Cop, which is presented by Halo Reach and live on Pay-Per-View on September 25th at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bolstering the UFC’s first-ever card in Indianapolis, UFC 119 features Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham, Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens, CB Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen, Matt Mitrione vs. Joey Beltran, Thiago Tavares vs. Pat Audinwood, Steve Lopez vs. Waylon Lowe, TJ Grant vs. Julio Paulino and Mark Hunt vs. Sean McCorkle. (more…)
In a special SHOWTIME Pay Per View event, World Boxing Council 175-pound titleholder Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs) meets former world light heavyweight and middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) for the WBC light heavyweight title on December 18 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. SHOWTIME Sports will produce and distribute the fight, and utilize its own announcers. The PPV event will begin at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It is promoted by Group Yvon Michel and Golden Boy Promotions.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
World-ranked welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez is one step closer to a future world title shot against Andre Berto following his convincing fourth-round TKO victory over Mike Anchondo on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® Friday night from Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino.
A poised and relaxed Hernandez controlled the entire scheduled 10-round welterweight fight, registering an early fourth round-knockout with a “cannonball blast,” right hand shot according to SHOWTIME’s expert analyst Steve Farhood that all but ended the fight. “This was a sales job for Hernandez,” Farhood added later. “He’ll probably be in line for a title shot with Berto next.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
In a battle of former world title challengers, bantamweight Nestor Rocha dominated Jose Navarro throughout eight rounds, winning a unanimous decision on Friday night in Parking Lot 7 at L.A. LIVE (across from STAPLES Center). Rocha (23-2, 8 KO’s) came out strong from the opening bell, landing hard right hands to the head. Despite a closed right eye, Navarro (27-6, 12 KO’s) tried to counter, finding some success. However, Rocha was too strong, even hurting Navarro with a three-punch combination in the seventh round. Navarro showed heart by hanging in there until the final bell. All three judges scored the bout 79-73 in favor of Rocha. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photo by Chris Cozzone
In a good action fight, world-ranked welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (29-1-1, 20 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round TKO over former world champion Mike Anchondo (30-3, 19 KOs) on Friday night at Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino in Primm, Nevada. Anchondo was very aggressive but Hernandez calmly dealt with the pressure with accurate punches. Hernandez dropped Anchondo in the fourth round with a right to the head. Anchondo couldn’t defend himself against Hernandez’ follow up barrage and referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight at the 1:38 mark.
2004 Olympian Luis Franco (7-0, 5 KOs), one of the most talented amateurs to come out of Cuba in the past decade, kept his unbeaten record intact with an eight round unanimous decision over Wilton Hilario (12-2-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 78-73, 80-71, 78-73. More results…
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
World rated middleweight Andy Lee (23-1-1, 17 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over local favorite Michael Walker (19-5-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The bout was stopped at 2:03 after a sustained barrage by Lee. Legendary trainer Emanuel Steward was in Lee’s corner.
Undefeated junior middleweight Anton “The Pick Hammer” Novikov 17-0, 6 KOs) scored a one-sided eight decision over Luciano “El Michoacano” Perez (17-11-1, 15 KOs) by scores of 79-72, 79-72, 78-74.
In a battle of unbeaten welterweights, Aslanbek Kozaev (12-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Marcus Thompkins (5-1-1, 2 KOs) over six rounds by scores of 59-55, 59-55, 60-54.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Local middleweights Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow (20-2-3, 7 KOs) and “Vicious” Julius Kennedy (7-1-1, 3 KOs) battled to a hard fought ten round draw on Friday night at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. An exciting fight with good two-way action ended with scores of 98-92 Nicklow and 95-95, 95-95. This one calls for a rematch!
Photo by Alma Montiel
Former world title challenger and current WBC CABOFE champion Armando “Ichiro” Torres (14-7, 9 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Omar “Metralla” Gonzalez (17-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC Latin light flyweight title on Friday night at the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City. Torres knocked down Rosales in round three and the referee waved it off seemingly prematurely at 2:29 of round four. For more details and photos click here…
By Alberto Salazar/Sixto Lopez
WBC #4 flyweight Wilberth “Hurricane” Uicab (28-5-1, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #6 Edren “The Sting” Dapudong (19-2-0, 10 KOs) to take Dapudong WBC Silver belt in front of a sparse crowd (due to a tropical storm) at the Convention Center in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Uicab got off to a good start. Dapudong woke up midway but it was too little to late. Scores were 117-111, 116-112, 116-111. (more…)
By Ray Wheately–World of Boxing
Photos by Johnny Chaichotchuang
World ranked IBF #11 bantamweight Thanthong Kiattaweesuk (20-0, 14 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Lande Olin (5-3) of Indonesia to retain IBF Pan Pacific title at the Mahare Corporation in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Kiattaweesuk dominated his opponent as he delivered accurate combinations from the southpaw stance. Olin was dropped in round two and again in round four and referee Kringsak Kronghong counted the import out at 0.46 of the round. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Kiattaweesuk showed his world class skills again in winning in impressive style today.” Chaichotchuang continued, “I am sure Kiattaweesuk can mix it with the best bantamweights in the world including IBF champion Johnny Perez, Vic Darchinyan and Joseph Agbeko. He only needs the opportunity.” For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Sergio Mora was unable to make the 154lb contract limit for his PPV Showdown with Shane Mosley. The fight will go on as scheduled Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but Mora was fined nearly $60,000 by the California State Athletic Commission for coming in three pounds heavy.
Sugar Shane Mosley 154 vs. Sergio Mora 157
Saul Alvarez 150.5 vs. Carlos Baldomir 153.4
Victor Ortiz 142 vs. Vivian Harris 142
Daniel Ponce De Leon 125.8 vs. Antonio Escalante 126
More weights and photos…
Ringside Report By: Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photography By Emily Harney
Cedric Cushner’s Gotham Boxing returned for the third year to the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester , New Hampshire for the 9th annual “Fight to Educate” charity auction and boxing event. The “Fight to Educate” event is a fundraiser to help fund education for underprivileged children. This year’s event was highlighted by the return of 2008 Olympian and undefeated jr. middleweight prospect Demetrius Andrade. (More)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Humberto Soto 135 vs Fidel Monterrosa 135
(WBC lightweight champion)
Jorge “Travieso” Arce 120 vs Lorenzo Parra 120
(WBO bantamweight eliminator)
Omar Chávez 147 vs Rodrigo Juárez 147
Alonso López 112 vs German Cota 112.5
Josesito Montiel 126 vs Antonio Valencia 127
Venue: Estadio “Dorados” de Culiacán
Promoter: Top Rank and Zanfer
TV: FOX Sports Espanol, TV Azteca
For more details and photos click here…
Carl Dilks 167.5 vs. James Degale 168
(Official Eliminator for the British super middleweight championship)
Lukas Konecny 152.7 vs. Matthew Hall 154.7
(The Vacant European light middleweight championship)
Karo Murat 173.5 vs. Nathan Cleverly 173.7
(Final Eliminator for the WBO world light heavyweight championship)
Michael Jennings 154.4 vs. Kell Brook 154.9
(The WBO Intercontinental welterweight championship)
Sam Sexton 240.5 vs. Derek Chisora 244.5
(The British and Commonwealth heavyweight championship)
Alexander Frenkel 196.7 vs. Enzo Maccarinelli 195.5
(The European cruiserweight championship)
Shalva Jamardashvili 159 vs. Matthew Macklin 159
(The Vacant European middleweight championship)
Venue: LG Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Promoter: Frank Warren
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
World-ranked welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez, former world champion Mike Anchondo, 2004 Olympian Luis Franco and Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario all see action tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Two-time world champion Eric Morel has informed Fightnews that today he voluntarily withdrew as WBO’s Interim bantamweight champion. The organization was mandating a fight with Fernando Montiel in Colombia for October 30th. Morel recently signed a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions, and will pursue other avenues for his career with his new promoter. “My new promoter is presenting exciting fights for me for the very near future. Golden Boy is the perfect vehicle to take my career to new heights. I can’t wait to get started,” Morel stated.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 18 for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito world title fight at Cowboys Stadium on November 13. Prices are $700, $500, $300, $200, $100, $50 and can be purchased at the Cowboys Stadium box office in Arlington, Texas or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com Pacquiao vs. Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. Pacquiao vs. Margarito will be available on HBO Pay Per View. For Pacquiao, Margarito camp updates, log onto Toprank.com
The “Fiesta de la Independencia” kicks off today at Noon at the L.A. Live (Parking Lot 7) with live Mariachi music and followed at 1pm with an autograph session that includes Juan Manuel Marquez, Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez, Abner Mares and Charles Huerta. The “Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya will sign autographs between 2p to 3p at the same location.
The “Fiesta de la Independencia” wraps up when five-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley and former World Champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora go toe-to-toe at the “200: CELEBRATE AND DOMINATE” event at STAPLES Center.
See the full lineup of events: (more…)
One of the deepest cards of the year just received more firepower as World Extreme Cagefighting® confirmed six additional bouts for its debut at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. on Thursday, Sept. 30.
WEC General Manager Reed Harris confirmed the following bouts: Jason Reinhardt vs. Tiequan Zhang, Cole Province vs. Mike Brown, Ed Ratcliff vs. Chris Horodecki, Diego Nunes vs. Tyler Toner, Chad George vs. Antonio Banuelos, and Nick Pace vs. Demetrious Johnson. (more…)
Los Angeles Mexican American singing and song-writing sensation Jenni Rivera, who with over 20 million albums sold worldwide is one of the most beloved and best-selling artists in the Regional Mexican genre, will sing the Mexican National Anthem prior to the main event of the “200: CELEBRATE AND DOMINATE” Mosley vs. Mora, a boxing extravaganza on Saturday, September 18 at STAPLES Center. (more…)
Matt Mitrione doesn’t mind being the underdog.
He gladly accepted the role when he defeated cast mate Scott Junk on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He did it again in December 2009, when he KOed heavy favorite and fellow NFL alum Marcus Jones at the series’ live finale. And then he played the part a third time when he unexpectedly dominated internet phenom-turned-legit fighter Kimbo Slice at UFC 113 . . . Click here for more by Debbie Lee, UFC.com
Back by popular demand, another edition of Southern California Fight Scene. FightNews will have a lot of coverage this weekend on the fight cards this Friday and Saturday nights in Los Angeles and other boxing action in Southern California. It all starts tonight in Parking Lot 7 at L.A. LIVE (Figueroa & 11th Streets) across from STAPLES Center. If there was ever a crossroads fight, tonight’s bout between two former world title challengers Jose Navarro and Nestor Rocha is it! (more…)
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