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By David Robinett at ringside
Twelve years ago, a 37-year old journeyman fighter named Paul Nave made his mark in the boxing world by scoring an upset victory, followed by two more hotly contested rematches, against former light welterweight titleholder Greg Haugen. Nave retired a year later in 1999, capping off a then 14-year career on a high note. Now over a year into his quixotic comeback, the 49-year old “Marin County Assassin” Paul Nave, (19-8-2, 8 KOs), is undefeated in his last four fights, turning in his most impressive performance to date, a devastating third round knockout of Minnesota club fighter Daniel Schlienz, (7-20-1, 4 KOs), in a scheduled six-round welterweight bout Friday night at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall in San Rafael, California. (more…)
Light heavyweight Chuck ‘The Professor’ Mussachio (16-1-2, 5 KOs) dealt previously unbeaten Anthony ‘Boom Boom’ Ferrante (9-1, 4 KOs) his first professional loss on Friday night in a ten-rounder at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. Mussachio won a unanimous decision by scores of 98-92, 96-94, 97-93. In other action, middleweight Mike ‘Mighty Mike’ Tiberi (13-1, 5 KOs) stopped Brian Bernard (8-7-2, 4 KOs) in three and unbeaten female featherweight Amanda ‘The Real Deal’ Serrano (6-0-1, 3 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision against Nydia Feliciano (2-1-2).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza Jr. has been hospitalized in Panama after experiencing a mild heart attack. “He has a great heart,” said Dr. Temistocles Diaz, who added that Mendoza is stable and recovering. Sources say Mendoza Jr. will be out of action resting for at least the next 15 days. He is known for his boxing exhibitions with Oscar de la Hoya, Evander Holyfield, Tito Trinidad and John Ruiz during the WBA’s KO to Drugs Festivals. “I thank God I’m alive, my family for support, and the boxing community in general for letting me be part of them. From all experiences we can learn something,” Mendoza Jr. said.
New York-based boxing columnist Catherine “Nails” Greene, 71, is fighting for her life at St. Luke’s / Roosevelt Hospital, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side as the Miguel Cotton and Yuri Foreman step into the ring for tonight’s historic fight at the new Yankee Stadium. Greene, known to her readers and friend’s as “Nails,” was admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday, May 12, a day after leaving a nursing home to attend her own birthday party. One of America’s first female boxing writer’s it is believed Greene was the first woman to ever apply for and receive a press pass issued by the boxing department of Madison Square Garden back in the late 1960’s. (more…)
Seven-time world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao poses after winning the “Fighter of the Decade” award at the 85th Annual Boxing Writers Association of America dinner in New York City Friday night. More photos…
By Graham Houston
Miguel Cotto, surely destined to be ranked with the all-time great Puerto Rican boxers, attempts to become a champion in three weight classes when he challenges junior middle champ Yuri Foreman at the new Yankee Stadium on Saturday, and he will be the crowd favourite even though his opponent lives in Brooklyn. Cotto’s big fights in New York have a Puerto Rican party atmosphere. He generates passionate support. Now Cotto’s career is at a critical stage. If Cotto wins he will continue to play a part on the big-fight front, either as a 154-pounder or as a welterweight. Defeat, though, could mean the end of a glorious career. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Germany’s Sebastian Sylvester is one of those hardworking fighters who gets results with conditioning, determination and a solid if unspectacular style of boxing. He keeps his hands up, jabs with authority and, when he feels he has his timing and judgement of distance in place, he begins to come through with the right hand. There is nothing fancy about Sylvester but he has a kind of dogged efficiency.
Sylvester makes a mandatory defence of his middleweight title in Germany on Saturday when he meets Roman Karmazin, the former 154-pound champion from Russia, and it should be a highly entertaining fight for the fans in the arena and those watching live on ARD in Germany. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
The WBC’s innovative boxing webcast series on wbcboxing.tv continues tonight with two major fight cards. The first webcast will feature the WBC Silver Championship clash between Selcuck Aydin (19-0, 15 KOs) and JoJo Dan (26-0, 14 KOs) from the Abdi Ipecki Sport Salonu in Istanbul, Turkey at 4:15 ET/1:15 PT. Then former WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (37-6, 21 KOs) meets former IBF champ Roberto Leyva (27-11-1, 21 KOs) at the Forum Mundo Imperial in Acapulco, Mexico at 11:30 ET/8:30 PT.
Photos by Jeanette Salazar
Friday, June 4, 2010 was a full day for IBF/USBA convention attendees. The day began early and was dedicated to the judges, referees and medical seminars which are an important and integral portion of the convention. This year, as always, these seminars were well attended and stimulated interesting and enlightening dialogue among peers. For more details and photos click here…
Prior to Friday night’s A’s vs. Twins game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland boxer and WBA super middelweight world champion Andre Ward threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. A’s relief pitcher Tyson Ross, also from Oakland, caught the ceremonial pitch. Ward faces Allan Green in a crucial Group Stage 2 12-round Super Six World Boxing Classic bout on Saturday, June 19, on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m., ET/PT, same-day delay) from the neighboring Oracle Arena in Oakland.
In a clash of unbeaten featherweights, Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (14-0, 11 KOs) stopped Eric “El Loco” Estrada (8-1, 3 KOs) in round six on Friday night at the Coliseo Rafael G. Amalber in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Cruz looked very good, pounding Estrada until his corner stopped it. Time was 1:16.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (12-0, 10 KOs) won when late sub Juan Cruz (5-6, 1 KO) stayed on his stool between rounds three and four. Velez scored a knockdown in round three with a left hook to the body.
Unbeaten featherweight Wilfredo Bones (10-0, 9 KOs) was extended the distance for the first time in his career by Robert “Can’t Lose” DaLuz (12-28-3, 9 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55, all for Bones.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Yudell Johnson (7-0, 5 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Juliano Ramos (16-4, 13 KOs) on Friday night in the Fuchs Pavilion located at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds in Miami, Florida. Johnson, a Cuban defector who won the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was in command the whole way and the affair was finally halted by referee Telis Assimenios with about 20 seconds left in round eight.
Unbeaten welterweight Brad Solomon (12-0, 4 KOs) outboxed previously unbeaten Kenny Galarza (13-1, 13 KOs) over ten one-sided rounds. Scores were 99-90, 100-89, 100-89. Solomon frustrated Galarza all night. Galarza had kayoed all of his previous foes.
By Chris Cook at ringside
Undefeated Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (18-0-1, 8 KOs) won by TKO when Oscar “El Estudiante” Meza (19-4, 17 KOs) didn’t come out for round five on Friday night at the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa Florida. Meza took a knee in round four after a body shot. Good performance for Gesta, who claimed the vacant WBO Americas lightweight belt.
Earlier, middleweight Noe Gonzalez (24-1, 16 KOs) won via KO over Jorge Munoz (22-5, 11 KOs) in the sixth. Gonzalez landed much crisper while Munoz faded much after a good first round.
Heavyweight Lenroy Thomas (16-1, 8 KOs) won a six round unnaimous decision over Joseph Rabotte (8-13-1, 3 KOs). Thomas’ power was the deciding factor in the bout. The fight turned ugly with low blows and illegal shots in the middle rounds. Scores were 60-53, 60-53, 59-54. More results and details
Boxing king Floyd Mayweather, one of the top athletes in the world today, “made a wish” come true yesterday for one of his biggest fans when he met Armando Carral, a 17-year old Hodgkin’s disease patient who asked to meet the boxing champion through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening diseases.
“This is a rewarding experience and I’m grateful to be in the position where I can make a difference in Armando’s life,” said Mayweather, who met Armando at his gym on Wednesday. “He is a very nice young man and I would like to congratulate him for staying strong and finishing high school.” (more…)
At the scales in Barr, France
Elena “Baby Doll” Reid 114.2 vs. Nadya Hokmi 115
Before he stepped inside the ring against unbeaten super bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz on Thursday night, Jose Angel Cota was announced with a record of 20-4, with 17 knockouts by the ring announcer. The bout sheet listed him as 15-4, with 11 knockouts, although Boxrec.com listed him as 8-4, with six knockouts.
Whatever record Cota had, did not make a difference, as Santa Cruz slowly broke him down in earning a third round stoppage victory before an almost-sellout crowd at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif. . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos by Alma Montiel and Gabriel F. Cordero
Edgar Sosa 116.16 vs Roberto Leyva 115.72
Daniel Estrada 134.64 vs Reyes Velasquez 132.44
Giovanni Caro 121.66 vs Jose Gutierrez 121.66
Cristian Esquivel 117.70 vs Luis Valdez 115.50
Carlos Cardenas 129.80 vs Marcos Lopez 129.80
Carlos Zarate Jr 135.30 vs Miguel Camacho 135.74
Omar Salado 118.80 vs Samuer Garcia 118.80
Venue: Forum del Mundo Imperial, Acapulco-Mexico
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala (Fausto Daniel Garcia)
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Hector Camacho Jr 160 vs Denny Dalton 158
(WBF intercontinental middleweight title)
Shondell Alfred 16 vs Corinne Van Ryck de Groot 118
(WIBA bantamweight world title)
Gwendolyn O’Neil 189 vs Veronica Blackman 181
(WIBA & GBU heavyweight world titles)
Venue: Princess Hotel and Casino, Guyana
Promoter: Seon Bristol (Bris-O Promotions)
Heavyweight contender and former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (46-2, 36 KOs) pounded out an eight round unanimous decision over Oezcan Cetinkaya 17-6-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Karl Eckel Halle in Hattersheim am Main, Germany.
In the co-feature, heavyweight Konstantin Airich (14-2-2, 11 KOs) scored a second round stoppage over Alexander Kahl (15-5-1, 13 KOs).
Everlast, the global leader in Fight Sports and Fitness, is proud to announce three-time world champion Miguel Cotto will be wearing Everlast MX pro fight gloves on Saturday, June 5th at the new Yankee Stadium when he challenges current champion Yuri Foreman for the WBA world light middleweight title. “The Everlast MX glove design provides the fit and performance attributes I need to feel when going into a fight,” said former WBO world champion Miguel Cotto. (more…)
Photo by Ed Mulholland
Yuri Foreman 154 vs Miguel Cotto 153.5
(WBA super welterweight championship)
Vanes Martirosyan 153.75 vs Mean Joe Greene 151.5
(NABF, NABO super welterweight championship)
Venue: Yankee Stadium, NYC
Promoter: Top Rank
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By David Robinett
Paul Nave 146½ vs Daniel Schlienz 145½
Luis Alfredo Lugo 133 vs Jaime Rodriguez 133
Herman Bacho 146 vs John Dunham 146
Jason Montgomery 153 vs Ulyses Caballero 153
Venue: Marin Center Exhibit Hall, San Raphael, CA
Promoter: Liberty Boxing
A stacked card of world-class boxers will face off July 3 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino as part of Reno’s centennial celebration of one of history’s most important sporting events — 1910’s Johnson v. Jeffries boxing match. Reno native and super middleweight Joey Gilbert (19-2, 15 KOs), former Jr. flyweight champion Ulises Solís (30-2, 21 KOs) and undefeated up-and-coming middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (12-0, 9 KOs) will all trade punches with competitors in the fifth installment of Reno Xtreme Fights. “It’s a world-class card. It has some of the best fighters in the world,” said Let’s Get It On Promotions CEO Terry Lane, who along with Top Rank Boxing, is organizing the fight. “It feels great to bring a top card to Reno.”
The fights are at the heart of a three-day Fourth of July weekend celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the fight that pitted Jack Johnson, nation’s first African-American World Champion, against Jim Jeffries, a man known as “The Great White Hope.” (more…)
Farah Ennis 171 vs Steve Walker 165 1/2
Coy Evans 126 1/2 vs Babaro Zepeda 129
Van Oscar Penovaroff 136 1/2 vs Kywame Hill 143 1/2
Olivia Fonseca 152 vs Akima Stocks 153 1/2
Keenan Smith 130 vs Rafael Montes 126 1/2
Darrell Jones 149 1/2 vs Marcus Hall 148 1/2
Venue: Legendary Blue Horizon
1st Bell: 7:30 pm est
Promoter: SAM Promotions/Blue Horizon Boxing LLC
Mercito Gesta 135.2 vs. Oscar Meza 135.4
(WBO Youth lightweight title bout)
Noe Gonzalez Alcoba 158.6 vs. Michi Munoz 162.6
Lenroy Thomas 245.6 vs. Joseph Rabotte 251.8
Charlie Serrano 122.4 vs. Sherali Dostiev 122.8
Joseph Elegele 145.6 vs. Hensley Strachan 144.2
Daniel Lozano 115.2 vs. Francisco Rosario 115.4
Lamar Davis 241 vs. Kelsey Arnold 233.4
Wilkey Campfort 152.4 vs. Darrell Jones 146.2
Venue: A La Carte Event Pavillion, Tampa, FL
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr.and All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”, Aaron Jacobs and Fight Night Productions, LLC
WBC USNBC welterweight champion Favio Medina (23-2-3, 8 KOs) of Sandpoint, Idaho defeated Floridian Damian Frias (16-4, 7 KOs) by a closely contested unanimous decision Thursday night at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho. Frias dropped Medina in round one but Medina beat the count and went on to victory. Some on hand felt Frias clearly won the fight and was the victim of a hometown decision going against him.
Sebastian Sylvester 159.4 vs Roman Karmazin 157.6
(IBF middleweight title)
Steve Cunningham 192.9 vs Troy Ross 193.8
(IBF Cruiserweight title)
Yoan Pablo Hernandez 198.4 vs Zack Page 201.3
Venue: Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
On Saturday, Rising welterweight star Selcuk Aydin has the chance to become the second champion for ARENA Sports-Promotion after Cuban featherweight phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa. Aydin faces unbeaten Romanian Ionut “Jo-Jo Dan” Ion for the WBC “Silver” championship at Abdi Ipekci Spor Salonu in Istanbul, Turkey. Today at the scale it was all even with both contenders weighed in exactly at the welterweight limit of 147 lbs. (66.6 kg). Good news for all fans who love to see a great fight in decent quality for free. Tomorrow’s championship bout will be streamed live in the internet on www.wbcboxing.com.
On Saturday, June 12, at the sold-out General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada, legendary UFC® Hall of Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell will step into the UFC Octagon™ against fellow superstar Rich “Ace” Franklin in a battle of former champions that headlines a stacked UFC 115 card destined to be one of the most memorable of 2010. In undercard bouts, the UFC announces the following matchups: Mirko “Cro Cop” vs. Pat Barry, Paulo Thiago vs. Martin Kampmann, Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel, Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald, Tyson Griffin vs. Evan Dunham, Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman, David Loiseau vs. Mario Miranda, James Wilks vs. Peter Sobotta, Ricardo Funch vs. Claude Patrick and Mike Pyle vs. Jesse Lennox. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Former “Contender” star Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs), of Detroit, Michigan is the top-rated IBF contender, and is the mandatory challenger to IBF junior middleweight champion Cory Spinks. Twice he had his long-awaited title shot scheduled, and twice he saw it evaporate the week before the fight. “This is worse than the boy who cried wolf,” said Bundrage. “I went to camp in Florida for a month. I have a newborn at home, and that was a month I could have spent with him. Maybe Cory Spinks is scared. Nobody wants to fight me unless I have a terrible outing,” he said. “Then again, I ain’t the one walking around at 200-pounds,” said Bundrage, alluding to rumors that Spinks’ weight issues led to the first cancellation. (more…)
The official Cotto vs. Foreman weigh-in, which will be open to the public, will take place today in the Great Hall at Yankee Stadium. Gates to the Great Hall for the public open at 2:30 P.M. The main event and co-main event will weigh-in first, beginning at 3:00 P.M.
The Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (17-0-1, 7 KOs) vs. the hard hitting Oscar “Estudiante” Meza (19-3, 17 KOs) for the WBO NABO Youth lightweight title contest is the headline bout of the “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” telecast this Friday, June 4th from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. Local hero Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (27-6-2, 15 KOs) faces Ira Terry (24-3, 14 KOs) in a bout scheduled for ten rounds in the lightweight division. A total of nine bouts are scheduled with the first bell at 7p. The event is promoted by Tuto Zabala, Jr. of All Star Boxing “The New Generation,” Aaron Jacobs of Fight Night Productions, and Chester Koerner of TKO Boxing Productions. The Gesta-Meza bout will be televised live at 11:35p by Telemundo. Doors open at 7pm and the first bout is at 7:30p. Tickets are still available at the A La Carte Event Pavillion box office located 4050 Dana Shores Drive (404- 787-7593).
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
Bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (13-0-1, 5 KO’s) impressively stopped Jose Angel Cota in the third round of a scheduled eight round bout on Thursday night at the Commerce Casino outside Los Angeles. Santa Cruz dominated the action, scoring a knockdown in the second round with a left hook to the head. Santa Cruz stunned Cota with a right hand to the head, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout at 1:35. For more details and photos click here…
Six-time former world champion Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns, seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and former lightweight champion Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini pose with Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum after attending the “Friars Club Salute to Bob Arum” in New York City Thursday night. Arum is in town promoting Miguel Cotto vs Yuri Foreman on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.
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