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By Brady Crytzer
The stars were big and bright Sunday night as World Extreme Cagefighting made its way to Corpus Christi, Texas to present Mike Brown’s inaugural defense of his world featherweight title against a very deserving Leonard Garcia. After a furious right hand, Brown submitted his young opponent with a tight arm triangle in the first round. The official time was just 1:57 of round one.
In the evening’s co-feature Ricardo Lamas kept his undefeated streak intact by scoring a three round unanimous decision over Bart Palaszewski. Judges scorecards all read 30-27.
In other results: Featherweight phenom Jose Aldo wasted no time in stopping an overmatched Chris Mickle in just 1:39 of the opening round with a flurry of punches.; In a lightweight contest “Razor” Rob McCullough defeated Marcus Hicks via majority decision. Judges scorecards read 29-29, 30-27 and 29-28; Bantamweight Damacio Page demolished Marcos Galvao in just :18 seconds with a devastating right hand. Galvao was unresponsive but was revived soon after receiving medical attention; Welterweight Johny Hendricks defeated Alex Serdyukov via unanimous decision; UFC veteran Alex Karalexis stopped newcomer Greg McIntyre in the first round with heavy punches from the top position; In a lightweight contest John Franchi won a three round split decision over Mike Budnik; and welterweight Mike Pierce scored a third round KO over Justin Haskins with a short left hook.
Ringside by Byron Spurlock & Jose Reyes
Photography by Chris Cozzone
Houston fans might not have been happy, but fight fans outside Texas witnessed a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate, and the best doubleheader televised in years, last night at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The bouts, televised on HBO and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, were witnessed by 14,571 fans who were rooting for hometown favorites Juan Diaz and Rocky Juarez.
In the main event, proving himself the new king of lightweights, Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round knockout over former unified champ Diaz (34-2, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA, WBO and IBO lightweight titles while retaining his Ring Magazine honors . . . . Click here for full report and a giant photo gallery
Mayweather, Pacquiao or Hatton targeted;
Juarez vs. John—Rematch imminent
Postfight press report & photos by Chris Cozzone
Having solidified his claim at lightweight—if not pound-for-pound—supremacy last night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Tex., Juan Manuel Marquez, after knocking out Juan Diaz, says he wants to fight “only the best.” The “best,” as Marquez sees it, means Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, with Ricky Hatton a third choice, pending the outcome of his showdown against Pacquiao on May 2. “I’ve never ducked anybody,” proclaimed Marquez, taking a dig at his Filipino nemesis. “I’ve been trying to get a third fight with Manny Pacquiao but he does not want to fight me.” . . . . Click here for more
Story by Chris Cozzone
For several years now, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine has been one or two fights away from a shot at UFC’s most glamorous title, the light-heavyweight championship. First, he upsets Forrest Griffin, at UFC 66, in December 2006, by knocking out the future champion in just under a round . . . Click here for more
Former UFC® Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at his devastating best last December as he settled his score with Wanderlei Silva via a chilling first round knockout. On Saturday, March 7, Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, 2009. Click here to visit the official UFC 96 website!
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
When pushing your body to its limits via the Xtreme Games gets old, what do you do?
If your name is Mike Budnik (8-1), the answer is mixed martial arts.
After twelve years as a successful inline skater, the New Yorker put his skates in the closet and looked for life’s next challenge. After a humbling experience with a jiu-jitsu instructor, Budnik—who says he hates to lose—was off on his second career of sorts . . . . Click here for more
Amir Khan admits even his own friends expect him to lose to Marco Antonio Barrera . . . Click here for more on Sky Sports
Blackpool boxer Mathew Ellis is to appear on the under-card of the Amir Khan/Marco Antonio Barrera bill at the MEN Arena next month . . . Click here for more from Blackpool Gazette
Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom . . . Click here for more
From the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas for tonight’s WEC 39 card on VERSUS:
Main Event – WEC Featherweight Title
Mike Brown (144.25) vs Leonard Garcia (145)
Ricardo Lamas (154.5) vs Bart Palaszewski (155.5)
Chris Mickle (145) vs Jose Aldo (145.5)
Rob McCullough (156) vs Marcus Hicks (155.5)
Phil Cardella (155.5) vs Danny Castillo (156)
Damacio Page (136) vs Marcos Galvao (136)
Alex Serdyukov (171) vs Johny Hendricks (171)
Rafael Rebello (135.25) vs Kenji Osawa (135.25)
Greg McIntyre (155) vs Alex Karalexis (156)
John Franchi (145) vs Mike Budnik (145.25)
Mike Pierce (170) vs Justin Haskins (170.25)
Hundreds of Filipino fans awaited Manny Pacquiao’s arrival at the famous Westminster Cathedral in London for Sunday services. Following mass, Pacquiao went to a crowded meet-and-greet with hundreds more Filipino fans at a local hotel. He took pictures and signed autographs for over 2 hours. There is a large Filipino population in the greater London area.
By Nick Giongco
Fresh from overpowering Erik Ramirez of Mexico, Filipino WBO minimumweight king Donnie Nietes of the ALA Boxing Club of Cebu is being groomed to make the third defense of the championship against another Mexican, Manuel Vargas, by late-May, ALA big boss Tony Aldeguer told Fightnews.com. “We are looking at (staging Nietes-Vargas) within 90 days from now,” said Aldeguer, moments after he received word that Nietes had won by 12-round unanimous decision before a highly-partisan crowd in Oaxaca. Mexican press reports say that Nietes decked the gutsy Ramirez once each in the first, fifth, ninth and 12th rounds in a dominating display. Aldeguer plans to put up Nietes’ battle with Vargas in the Philippines in partnership with giant TV network ABS-CBN. Nietes is one of only three current Filipino world champions. The two others are IBF fly king Nonito Donaire and WBO bantam supermo Gerry Penalosa. Nietes hails from Murcia, Negros Occidental, but trains in the boxing hotbed of Cebu. Nietes had captured the then-vacant title in Sept. 2007 with a points win over Pornsawan Kratingdaeng-Gym and he made the initial defense last year, stopping Nicaraguan Eddy Castro.
Unbeaten heavyweight Martin Rogan (12-0, 6 KOs) shocked the second big name in a row on Saturday night at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. Following his win over 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison, Rogan stopped former world title challenger Matt Skelton (22-3, 19 KOs) to claim the Commonwealth heavyweight title. The fight was waved off after Rogen dropped Skelton with a right hand in round eleven, then finished him with a follow-up barrage — the first stoppage defeat of the 42-year-old Skelton’s career. Time was 1:21. Prior to the Harrison bout, the previously little-known Rogan surfaced in a made-for-TV heavyweight tournament called “Prizefighter” presented by promoter Barry Hearn on SKY-TV in April 2008, in which he won three bouts in one night to claim a £25,000 prize.
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
Two world minimumweight titles were on the line on Saturday night at the Auditorio Guelaguetza in Oaxaca, Mexico. WBA minimumweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (23-0, 20 KOs) of Nicaragua won a majority decision over Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas (20-6-2, 12 KOs). The fighters constantly exchanged blows for all twelve rounds, but Gonzalez had a little more than his courageous challenger and won by scores of 115-113, 116-112. The third card was 114-114. Gonzalez retained his WBA world crown in his first defense outside his country.
In the other championship battle, Filipino Donnie Nietes (24-1-3, 14 KOs) scored four knockdowns in a twelve round unanimous decision over brave Mexican Erik Ramirez (25-6-2). Scores were 115-109, 116-108 and 113-111. Nietes retained his WBO miniumweight world crown in his first bout on the American continent.
Unbeaten Simphiwe Nongqayi (15-0, 6 KOs) outpointed Francisco “Panchito” Arce (28-5, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF super flyweight eliminator on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Arce was knocked down in round eleven. Scores were 116-111 on all cards. In other action, former world champion Eric Ortiz (31-8-2, 20 KOs) stopped José Alfredo “Galletas” Tirado (6-9, 4 KOs) in round five.
By Byron Spurlock & Jose Reyes at ringside
Lightweight Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round KO over Juan Diaz (34-2, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA super and WBO lightweight titles, as well as Diaz’ IBO belt on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston. It was a fierce all out war in which Marquez absorbed Diaz’ heavy pressure early, then broke down the “Baby Bull,” dropping him twice in the ninth. Time was 2:40. A definite fight of the year candidate.
In his eleventh defense of his WBA featherweight title and first fight in the USA, unbeaten world featherweight champion Chris John (42-0-2, 22 KOs) and Rocky Juarez (28-4-1, 20 KOs) battled to a hard-fought twelve round draw. John mostly outworked a determined Juarez, although Rocky landed the harder punches. John cut Juarez over the left eye in round five and threw more than 100 punches in most rounds, while Juarez closed strong winning the last two rounds on all cards. All three judges scored it 114-114, thus John retains the title. John originally won the belt in an elimination bout with Oscar Leon in Indonesia back in 2003. (more…)
In the main event of Boxeo Boricua en Caguas, Luis Cruz TKO’d Carlos Díaz at 1:26 of the sixth round. “El Artesano” showed superior fighting skills over “Bam Bam” Díaz, who despite of having more experience on the ring, didn’t present significant opposition. “In the ring I tried to learn as much as I could from my opponent so I can use the experience as a tool for my development as a fighter,” Cruz commented as he improved his record to 8-0 with 7 KOs.
In a previous bout, Jayson Vélez TKO’d Luis Colón at 2:19 of the fourth round. “La Maravilla” Vélez improved his record to 6-0, 6 KOs. Miguel Cotto Promotions and H-2 Entertainment will return with their boxing series “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas on Friday, March 27 at Roger Mendoza Coliseum.
By Karl Freitag
Former middleweight world title challenger “Hurricane” Sebastian Sylvester (30-3, 15 KOs) returned to the ring with an explosive seventh round knockout of Gaetano Nespro (14-5, 2 KOs) to win the vacant IBF International middleweight title on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Sylvester dropped Nespro with a right hand at the end of round one and walked right through whatever resistance his opponent offered as he completely dominated the fight, finally laying out Nespro with a flush right hand in the seventh. Time was 2:39. It was Sylvester’s first fight since his unsuccessful WBA title challenge against Felix Sturm last November and also his first fight with trainer Karsten Röwer.
In a rematch, European super middleweight champion Karo Murat (19-0, 12 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over former WBC super middleweight titlist Cristian Sanavia (40-5-1, 12 KOs). Murat was deducted a point in round one for a low blow, but also punished Sanavia over the early rounds. The rugged former world champion continued to apply pressure, but Murat was extremely sharp and connected with hard, clean punches throughout the fight. The bout was finally stopped between rounds nine and ten. Official time was :05 of round ten. Murat had won a close decision over Sanavia to win the Euro belt last April. This time the result was clear and impressive. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Lightweight Anthony Mezaache (15-5-3, 3 KOs) upset local favorite Jonathon Thaxton (34-9, 18 KOs) with his spirited performance after a disastrous first round, in which he was knocked down and deducted a point. The Frenchman used his superior technique and fighting ability to finish strong, taking a decision with the late rally: 115-111, 115-112, 114-113 – all in favor of Mezaache, who is now a new European lightweight champion. The bout took place at the Norwich Showground in Norwich, England.
By Alexey Sukachev
European welterweight champion Rafal Jackiewicz (34-8-1, 18 KOs) retained his belt for the second time with a spirited unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Italian contender Luciano Abis (25-1-1, 11 KOs) in front of a partisan crow moments ago in Lublin, Poland. Both boxers fought on even terms for the first three rounds but then the more active and consistent Pole started to build up a lead. Abis had his moments in middle rounds, however, Jackiewicz was a bit sharper finding a room for his trademark right uppercut – right hook combination. Both fighters gave everything they had in final two rounds with Jackiewicz being more precise, active and strong of two. All three judges had it in favor of the defending champion: 117-111, 116-112 and 118-112. Fightnews scored it almost the same 117-112 – for the WBO #5, WBC/IBF #6 and WBA #7 European welterweight champion.
Highly regarded Polish light heavyweight Dawid “Cygan” Kostecki (WBC #4 and WBA #7) moved to 30-1, with 21 KOs, after a hard-fought eight round decision over extremely tough Cameroonian journeyman Martial Bella Oleme (8-20-1, 1 KO), who is much better than his sub-par record suggests. Kostecki seemed to be lucky not to be stopped in the last round after a bad cut over his forehead near the left eye. However, replay revealed that the cut was caused by an accidental head-butt.
Rising Polish heavyweight prospect Andrzej Wawrzyk (14-0, 9 KOs) added a name of tough Latvian journeyman Edgars Kalnars (18-17, 9 KOs) to his resume with a third-round technical knockout.
Damian Jonak (20-0, 15 KOs) TKO 4 Janos Petrovics (15-23, 7 KOs); Lukasz Janik (13-0, 6 KOs) PTS 8 Remigijus Ziausus (7-20-1, 5 KOs);
Lukasz Maciec (5-0, 2 KOs) PTS 4 Jevgenijs Fedorovs (2-8-1); Artur Szpilka (3-0, 2 KOs) TKO 1 Victor Szalai (10-18-1, 3KOs)
By Alexey Sukachev
After a recent chain of setbacks (including 0-1-1 against losing journeyman Sergey Yurovskih), Kyrgyz top super flyweight Timur Shailezov (13-2-1, 1 KO) came back strong yesterday at Metro Bar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Shailezov scored his third win in a row and this time a sound one, convincingly outpointing experienced Argentinean Julio David Roque Ler (26-6, 15 KOs) over twelve rounds: 115-112, 115-113 and 118-110. Kyrgyz fighter seized a vacant WBA international belt with this victory. Roque Ler fought Jorge Arce in a WBC eliminator in 2007. The show was promoted by Akyl Beckbolotov.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten Featherweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos (22-0, 15 KO’s) stopped Omar Lizarraga in the second round of a 10 round bout at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Burgos dropped the game Lizarraga twice in the second round, both on left hooks. Burgos went in for the kill and landed a hard right hand that wobbled Lizarraga (16-7-1, 12 KO’s) prompting referee Dr. James Jen-Kin to step in and stop the bout at 2:19 of the round. With the victory, Burgos won two regional belts. Burgos is the nephew of former world champion, Victor Burgos, who was present at ringside. (more…)
The World Boxing Association Championship Committee has declared two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs), presently rated No. 3, as the mandatory challenger for the winner of this year’s Ruslan Chagaev-Nicolai Valuev WBA title fight.
As expected, Ricky Hatton was victorious over Manny Pacquiao in a game of darts on Saturday afternoon at the New Inn in Manchester, England. Playing a game of 501, “The Hitman” won in sixteen throws, nailing a double two to end it as the place went wild. Darts is a pro sport as well as a traditional pub game in the United Kingdom. After the match, Hatton presented Pacquiao with a Manchester City football jersey.
Later, trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Freddie Roach met in a special challenge match: the first to get a bullseye wins. The match ended in a draw after fifteen shots each with no bullseyes for either side.
6,000 fight fans, surprisingly about a third of them Filipino, turned out at the Trafford Centre in Manchester, England for a kick-off press conference for the May 2 ‘The East vs the West’ world title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky HAtton at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “On May 2 I’ll be the new pound-for-pound king,” promised Hatton. “I’ve never been beaten at 10 stone (140lbs). This is my weight. This is where I do best. I promise all my fans I’ll win for Manchester!” Pacquiao wished Ricky good luck and stated “I’m going to win it for the Philippines. Ricky’s a very good fighter.” Pacman’s promoter Bob Arum promised victory “for all our Filipino brothers and sisters.” Manny will face Ricky in a darts competition at a pub in Manchester this afternoon.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian warrior Simone ‘Chico’ Califano (13-1, 7 KOs) won the domestic title at lightweight on Friday night in his hometown of Acqua Acetosa Sports Hall in Roma, Italy, when defending champion Pasquale ‘El puma’ Di Silvio (9-1, 4 KOs) was stopped at ten seconds of the end of round three by referee Renato Mosella. It was a heated fight, until the interruption both fighters gave more than expected and went toe-to-toe without any stop with 4,000 screaming fans standing on their feet in a real ‘Mexican atmosphere.’, The clash is easily the “Fight of the Year” so far in Italy. Di Silvio got off to a good start in the first round, but Califano turned the tide in the second and dropped the titlist with a devasting right hand in the third. Di Silvio got to his feet only to be punished again by Califano, who landed more big shots and forced referee to step in and stop the action. Time was 2:50. It was the second match between two real warriors and every boxing fan can only wish a third match as Italian boxing needs fights like this. Topping the undercard of the Unicorner promoted show, local boy, Gianluca Cima (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped Albanian puncher Kadri Xhulaj (4-2, 3 KOs) in the third stanza of a scheduled eight rounder to win a cruiserweight Trophy ‘Italy Pro Cup.’ The show was televised in Italy by Rai Sport Piu.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
It wasn’t too long ago that the mentioning of Mike Brown’s name to someone who only casually followed the WEC would be met with anything other than, “Who?”
With a record of 19-4 coming into the bout, Brown (20-4) moved quietly up the featherweight ranks to a headlining match against “The California Kid” Urijah Faber last November. To all unaware of Brown’s skills, it seemed to be little more than a foregone conclusion that he’d be another stepping stone in Faber’s path. . . . Click here for more
World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®) and Fox Sports en Español (FSE) announced today that FSE is significantly expanding its mixed martial arts content with the launch of WEC: ALBOROTO, a new Spanish-language program featuring some of the most memorable matchups ever seen in the WEC. . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Lefele retained his South African minimumweight title when challenger Sakhumzi Mqadaru could not answer the bell for the seventh round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
IBF cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek (37-1, 25 KOs) retained his world title with an impressive eighth round KO over previously unbeaten Johnathon Banks (20-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. It took Adamek five rounds to figure Banks out, but after that Adamek took over, finally dropping Banks twice in round eight before referee Eddie Cotton waved off the bout. Time was 1:30.
In an IBF middleweight eliminator, Giovanni Lorenzo (27-1, 19 KOs) scored an explosive second round knockout of Dionisio Miranda (19-3-2, 17 KOs). It was a big right hand that spectacularly laid out Miranda for the count. Time was 2:48. Lorenzo is now the mandatory challenger for IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham. (more…)
By Jason Kotar at ringside
Former light heavyweight world champion Glen Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs) avenged a controversial 2003 draw against Daniel Judah (23-4-3, 10 KOs) with a dominating ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida. Risking his lofty WBC #2, WBA #3, IBF #5, WBO #3 ratings, Johnson dropped Judah with a big right hand at the end of round one, and punished Judah the rest of the way, winning clearly 99-89, 99-90, 99-90. (more…)
By Michal Koper / bokser.org
Rafał Jackiewicz 146.8 vs Luciano Abis 145.2
(European welterweight title)
Andrzej Wawrzyk 234.7 vs Edgar Kalnars 215.8
Dawid Kostecki 176.8 vs Martial Bella Oleme 174.8
Łukasz Janik 199.9 vs Remigijus Ziausys 199.9
Damian Jonak 154.9 vs Janos Petrovics 157.6
Łukasz Maciec 141 vs Jevgenijs Fjodorovs 138.8
Artur Szpilka 200.4 vs Viktor Szalai 198.1
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
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Pound-for-pound boxing king Manny Pacquiao was in his hotel room throwing feathered darts onto a practice dart board on Friday night. “Just want to sharpen up little,” said Manny who will face Ricky Hatton in a darts competition at pub in Manchester on Saturday afternoon. Pacquiao and his team on Saturday morning will take a train from London’s Euston Station to Manchester’s Piccadilly Station for a noontime press conference at the Trafford Centre – Great Hall. There they will talk about their upcoming ‘The East vs the West’ world title fight promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2. Pacquiao vs. Hatton will be available on HBO Pay Per View. (more…)
The Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire, has a new date – April 18 – for his IBF/IBO flyweight title defense against undefeated Raul ‘Cobra’ Martinez of San Antonio. The Donaire vs Martinez and Ulises Solis vs. Brian Viloria title fights were initially scheduled for March 21. The venue is the same, Araneta Coliseum, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Top Rank championship card will be on Pay Per View.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Gabriel F. Cordero
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Donnie Nietes 104.49 vs. Erick Ramirez 104.94
(WBO miniumweight World Tittle)
Chocolate Gonzalez 104.49 vs Francisco Rosas 105
(WBA miniumweight World Tittle)
Ana Maria Torres 114.63 vs Paulina Cardona 113.53
(WBC super flyweight Tittle)
Venue: Auditorio Guelaguetza, Oaxaca
Promoter: KO Entertainment
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Showtime hosted a media roundtable Friday afternoon in New York City to discuss the ShoBox program. Sr. VP Ken Hershman, Executive Producer Gordon Hall, Play-by-Play announcer Nick Charles and Analyst Steve Farhood discussed the upcoming ShoBox matchups plus addressed the current State of the Game and the role ShoBox plays in shaping the sport. In its eight-year history, the ShoBox series has become most influential boxing television series in the industry. A significant percentage of today’s fighters at/or near the top of the world rankings have gotten their first big break on ShoBox. Over 30 ShoBox “alumni” have gone on to capture World titles since the launch of the series in July 2001. Tonight’s showdown between IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek and undefeated challenger Johnathon Banks will be the 120th telecast of the ShoBox series. Attached is a fact sheet that includes the list of ShoBox alums that have gone on to win world titles as well as a list of some of today’s top fighters who also got their starts on ShoBox. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Undefeated cruiserweight contender Johnathon Banks battles newly-crowned IBF champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek tonight at Newark’s Prudential Center . FightNews recently caught up with the cruiserweight contender at a local Kronk amateur show. “My training has been going fantastic, my trainers Emanuel Stewart and Sugar Hill have got me completely ready, ” Banks stated. When asked if he had watched the Adamek-Steve Cunningham battle, Banks leaned forward and said: “Oh, yeah. When I saw that one I told Emanuel, please make this match! I’m a much bigger puncher than Cunningham and when I saw Adamek getting hit with those shots, I knew this was my fight.” (more…)
Francisco Arce 115 vs Simphiwe Nongqayi 114
(IBF super flyweight eliminator)
Eric Ortiz 113 vs Valentín León 114
Ivan Valle 139 vs Carlos Urías 137
Miguel Beltrán 126 vs Victoriano Nuñez ??
Miguel Vázquez 137 vs Sergio Soto ??
Pablo Lugo 135 vs Daniel Valenzuela 135
David Sánchez 112 vs Jorge Cruz 112
Luis Lugo 114 vs Manuel Valdez 114
Julio César Valenzuela 147 vs Fernando Ibarra 147
Daniel Cota 200 vs Dagoberto Yañez 210
Venue: Gimnasio Polideportivo Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa
TV: Azteca America
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