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Former two-time light flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (27-3, 15 KOs) edged out Omar Soto (19-7-2, 13 KOs) by split decision over ten rounds on Saturday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Manila, Philippines. Viloria prevailed by scores of 97-93, 97-93 on two cards, while Soto was up by an identical 97-93 on the third card. Viloria was returning from his TKO loss to against Carlos Tamara, when he lost his IBF belt in January. Manny Pacquiao and Gerry Penalosa were among those in attendance.
Looks like WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel will fight Rafael Concepcion after all on July 17 at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Concepcion was originally slated to face Montiel on that date, but was moved to the undercard in favor of WBO interim bantam champ Eric Morel. Morel, however, has now pulled out of the fight citing an undisclosed injury and Concepcion is back in the frame.
Jimenez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the July issue of Boxeo La Revista will be available next week in Chiapas, Mexico during the big boxing card where Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel will defend his world championship against Eric Morel. The magazine which had been published as the official program of the “Latin Fury” boxing series is now available as a monthly magazine and will cover upcoming fights, will have results of fights and as well as reports on past boxing stars and the stars of the future. The digital edition of the magazine is now available. (more…)
In non-Antonio Margarito related business at Friday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting, the officials for the July 31 fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz were selected. The referee will be Vic Drakulich, judges will be Patricia Morse Jarman, Jerry Roth and Glenn Trowbridge.
By Rocky Zuniga / Fightnews Canada
Thursday night at the Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg, King John Boxing presented “Hometown Heroes”, a fight card that featured some of the best fighters fighting out of the Manitoba capital today. Olivia Gerula, the WBC Super Featherweight champion of the world headlined the card while Larry “Razor” Sharpe, a former Canadian champ and NABA champion, and Chad Brisson, a former Canadian champ and Super Lightweight contender saw action as well. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Panama-based Haitian prospect Evens Pierre (14-1, 11 KOs) has been struck by tragedy just six days after winning the WBA lightweight Fedecentro title with a convincing win over Augusto Pinillla on July 2. Pierre’s mother was killed in a traffic accident in Haiti. Evens is scheduled to return to ring action on a card in Colon, Panama on July 31. Fightnews joins in sending its condoleances to Evens Pierre.
Photos: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME
Philadelphia’s Mike Jones retained his perfect record, NABA and NABO titles and furthered his ascent to stardom in the welterweight division by knocking out Puerto Rico’s Irving Garcia in the fifth round at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. The card’s other welterweight prospect Antwone Smith did not have the same luck. Lanardo Tyner upset Smith via technical knockout at 1:15 in the ninth round on ShoBox: The New Generation. (more…)
Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (28-0, 25 KOs) weighed in at 125.3 pounds and Filipino challenger Bernabe Concepcion (30-2-1, 17 KOs) measured 125 pounds during Friday’s weigh in at Coliseo de Puerto Rico, in Hato Rey, just outside San Juan, Puerto Rico. The undefeated Lopez, who previously held the Jr. featherweight title for five successful defenses, will make the first defense of his world title in the main event of world championship doubleheader tonight on SHOWTIME® Championship Boxing, LIVE on SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten junior middleweight Erislandy Lara (12-0, 7 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of William Correa (8-4, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Softball Country Complex in Denver, Colorado. Correa was down twice before the bout was waved off at 2:34.
Junior featherweight Derrick Wilson (7-1-2, 2 KOs) has done it again! Wilson dropped previously unbeaten Ricky Lopez (7-1, 2 KOs) twice in round one and went on to take a six round majority decision. Scores were 56-56, 57-55, 58-54. Wilson had previously taken the “0” from highly regarded Charles Huerta last July, then surprisingly struggled to a 1-1-1 record against weak opposition until meeting Lopez.
Welterweight Raul Carillo (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Joel Vargas (2-1-1, 2 KOs).
Female featherweight Nohime Dennisson (7-3-1, 3 KOs) won a four-rounder over Brittany Cruz (7-3, 1 KO).
The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted 4-1 to delay making a decision on former world champion Antonio Margarito’s bid for a Nevada boxing license until he is relicensed in California, which suspended him for a year last February after he was found to have an illegal substance in his hand wraps. Margarito has denied any knowledge.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Another good performance by NABA/NABO welterweight champion Mike Jones (22-0, 18 KOs), who scored a fifth round KO over Irving Garcia (17-5-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It was actually a low blow that dropped Garcia, but referee Randy Neumann missed it. Time was 1:22. Jones is ranked among the Top 10 welterweights by all four major world sanctioning bodies in one of boxing’s deepest divisions: #2 by the WBO, #3 by the WBA; #7 by the IBF and the WBC.
Welterweight Lanardo Tyner (24-3, 15 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round TKO over Antwone Smith (18-2-1, 10 KOs). Smith got off to a good start, but Tyner became stronger as the fight progressed, finally battering Smith to a knee in round nine. The bout was waved off at 1:15.
In an all out war, welterweight Manuel Guzman (7-9-2, 3 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Ardrick Butler (5-2, 2 KOs). Both fighters were down in a wild round one and Guzman finished the job at 2:53 of round two, putting Butler down for the count.
Ryan Belasco W6 Kevin Carmody (jr welterweight)
Jason Sosa W4 Bryheim Douglas (jr lightweight)
Steven Martinez TKO2 Jason Thompson (jr middleweight)
Anthony Caputo TKO2 Walter Edwards (light heavy)
Josh Mercado W4 Kywayne Hill (welterweight)
Miguel Corcino TKO1 Epifano Rodriguez (welterweight)
Rafael Jastrzebski W4 Joe Dunn (super middleweight)
Photos by Emily Harney
Lightweight John Molina Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) scored an impressive eleventh round TKO over previously unbeaten Hank Lundy (18-1-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Lundy outboxed Molina for much of the fight, but Molina dropped Lundy with a right hand in round eight. After that, Molina continued to come on and got the stoppage with a barrage of unanswered punches in round eleven. Molina claimed Lundy’s NABO belt.
Unbeaten super middleweight Vladine Biosse (7-0, 4 KOs) scored a good action eight round unanimous decision over Joey McCreedy (11-5-2, 6 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 78-74. For more details and photos click here…
Weights & preview by David Finger
Edgar Zubia 133 vs. John Herrera 133
Johnny Vasquez Jr. 133 vs. Joseph Salazar 139*
* Salazar two pounds overweight
Al Dixon 158 vs. Servero Padilla 154
Lupe Guzman 142 vs. Michael Coca-Gallegos 143
Oscar Valenzuela 138 vs. Andres Quintana 140
Miguel Armendariz 121 vs. Matthew Salazar 119
In one of the most eagerly anticipated professional debuts to hit the state of New Mexico in the last five years, former five-time National Golden Glove Edgar Zubia is set to take on debuting John Herrera in a four round lightweight fight in Hobbs, New Mexico tomorrow night at the Club la Sierra. The city of Hobbs has not seen much in the way of professional boxing, but local boy Zubia is already widely perceived as one of the best prospects to ever come out of the southeastern part of the state, and many local fans are predicting a large turnout. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Brock Ellis
Filipino Allan Jay Tunacao (10-2-3, 3 KOs) scored an upset twelve round split decision over WBO #9 Daniel “Baby Face” Iannazzo (17-0, 6 KOs) to capture the PABA 122 lb title at the Coburg Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Scores were: Chris Anderson 115-113 (Iannazzo); Aneeka Williams 119-109 (Tunacao); Dale Westerman 115-113 (Tunacao). Iannazzo, 22 years, was coming off a good win in March when he stopped tough Indonesian Rivo Rengkung in six rounds. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former 2004 Olympian Ryan Langham (11-1, 5 KOs) scored a six round points decision over Jack Asis (21-13-4, 10 KOs) of the Philippines at the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club in Tweed Heads, NSW Australia Friday. The rangy Langham was awarded with scores of 58-56, 58-56, 58-56. Langham’s only professional loss came at the hands of the current IBO lightweight champion and IBF #11 Lenny Zappavigna. Asis caused an upset victory over former world rated Anthony Macial in 2009 stopping him in three rounds. Asis also boxed a twelve round draw with another world rated opponent: Sod Kokietgym in 2009. On the undercard, American born welterweight Casey Hannan (4-1-1, 3 KOs) scored a knockout in round two over Filipino Abner Llansa (5-15-1, 3 KOs). The time was 2:47. The promoter was Jamie Myer.
By Damien St. Pierre at the scale
Zane Marks 160 vs Derrick Findley 162
April Ward 151 vs Melisenda Perez 150
Casey Adams 148 vs LeKirk Pringle 148
Marcus McDaniel 163 vs Omar Ballard*
Bobby Hill 142 vs Mark Salser 142.5
Kyle Bullock 160 vs Jamond Bourgeois 160
Venue: Hollywood Casino, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Promoter: Les Bonano/Matchmaker: JT Klump
43-year-old former heavyweight title challenger Matt Skelton (23-5, 20 KOs) ended a three fight losing streak with a fifth round KO over journeyman Lee Swaby (25-27-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the famed York Hall outside London. Following his loss to then WBA world champion Ruslan Chagaev, Skelton beat Paolo Vidoz for the European championship, but then suffered consecutive stoppage losses to Martin Rogan, Francesco Pianeta, and Kubrat Pulev, who entered that bout with just four pro fights under his belt.
In the main event, Lenny Daws (21-1-2, 9 KOs) won a hard fought ten round TKO when Steve Williams (9-1, 3 KOs) didn’t come out for round eleven. Daws retained his British light welterweight belt.
Also Bradley Pryce (30-8, 18 KOs) returned to welterweight for the forst time since 2005 to avenge an eight-year old loss to Ted Bami (26-7, 13 KOs) with a second round KO.
Saul Alvarez (32-0-1, 24 KOs) and Luciano Cuello (26-1, 12 KOs) both weighed in at 150.4 for their fight on Saturday night at the Arena VFG in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. In response to Cuello’s claim that Alvarez has never been touched and he will blacken both “Canelo’s” eyes, Alvarez stated, “I just hope you can talk after the fight.” The bout can be seen on WBCboxing.tv.
Irma Sanchez 108 vs Soledad Macedo 108
Tomoki Kameda 122.1 vs Arturo Camargo 122.4
By Ricardo Conde
Three-time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (26-1-1, 18 KOs) of Gilroy, CA will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 31 against four-time world champion Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor (37-4-1, 22 KOs) of Cuba at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV in a 10-round junior welterweight bout on the undercard of “Fight of the Year: The Rematch” which is being headlined by Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez taking on Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View and is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Marquez Promotions and tickets are available at www.mandalaybay.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
Juan Manuel Lopez 125.3 vs. Bernabe Concepcion 125
(WBO featherweight championship)
Nonito Donaire 114 1/2 vs. Hernan Marquez 115
(WBA interim super flyweight championship)
Eden Sonsosa 121.6 vs. Jonathan Oquendo 121.4
McJoe Arroyo 119.6 vs. Jason Rorie 118.3
Carlos Negron 194 vs. Gustavo Enríquez 192.9 Vs.
José González 136.6 vs. Mathew Robinson 133.9
Víctor Bisbal 236.1 vs. David Whittom 218.5
Venue: Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot
Promoter: Top Rank
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By Craig Watt
Photo by Louie Rockfingrz
When Australian Dominic Vea (13-2, 10 KOs) captured the Commonwealth cruiserweight title in Penrith, New South Wales two weeks ago many were amazed at his bravery after he fought on from a first round broken nose to secure a split decision win over New Zealander Oscar Siale (12-5, 4 KOs) in one of the best fights seen in Australia in 2010 and a real contender for Fight of the Year “Down Under”. For more details and photos click here…
The professional debut of a former amateur standout is always a special occasion and this Friday night, July 9th will be no exception as Alantez “TEZ” Fox of Forrestville, Maryland, will face off against Toledo’s Najee Hayes in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
The Fox/Hayes scheduled four round welterweight bout is one of the feature attractions at the “Mason Dixon Showdown” at Orchards Restaurant and Lounge, 1580 Orchard Drive in Chambersburg, PA. Tickets and more information can be obtained by calling 304-283-3053. (more…)
Just days from celebrating its ninth anniversary, SHOWTIME will televise a quintessential ShoBox: The New Generation fight card from DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss., just a short drive from Memphis, Tenn. In emblematic fashion, this edition of ShoBox will feature highly-regarded prospects in the toughest and arguably most important fights of their careers.
World-ranked middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against tough veteran Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of a tripleheader telecast on Friday, July 16, live SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
The tripleheader will be the 143rd ShoBox telecast since the series began on July 21, 2001. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the ICE Promotions “No Excuses” card tomorrow night at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA:
Jimmy Lange 154 vs. Jimmy LeBlanc 154
DeMarcus Corley 141 vs. Damian Fuller 143
Tony Jeter 154 vs. Lawrence Jones 153
Juan Rodriguez 143 vs. Dontre King 144 1/2
Jennifer Salinas 122 vs. Nathalie Forget 119
Brandon Quarles 154 vs. Vincent Batteast 153
Todd Wilson 140 vs. Calvin Faggins 139
Zain Shah 158 vs. Antonio Walls (will weigh-in later tonight)
Video courtesy PR Best Boxing Promotions/Joel Colón
Juan Manuel Lopez, Bernabe Concepcion, Nonito Donaire and Hernan Marquez all made weight for their world championship fights on SHOWTIME Saturday night.
Erislandy Lara 155 vs. William Correa 153
Ricky Lopez 122 vs. Derrick Wilson 123
Raul Carillo 145 vs. Joel Vargas 148
Brittnay Cruz 125 vs. Nohime Dennisson 125
Stepan Zeytunnyan 171 vs. Cruz Soltero 179
John Kiser 217 vs. Chris Green 226
Adam Limon 162 vs. Allen Medina 160
Venue: Softball Country Complex in Denver, CO
Promoter: Golden Boy
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Pinoy Power was in evidence Thursday at the famed Wilfredo Gomez Gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. WBA interim super flyweight world champion Nonito Donaire, WBO featherweight title challenger Bernabe Concepcion and Eden Sonsona (appearing on the un-televised undercard) showed their skills to the local media. (more…)
Raging super featherweight title challenger Ricky Burns has ripped into WBO champion Roman Martinez after the heavy-handed Puerto Rican champion claimed he would need to get the stoppage in order to avoid a home town decision on September 4 at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall. Burns says he will not be humiliated in front of Scotland’s passionate fight fans. “I read what Martinez said and it has made me more determined to beat him,” stormed Burns. (more…)
By Craig Watt
IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green and challenger Paul Briggs were angry today that the New South Wales Sports Combat Authority have refused to allow the 35 year old Briggs to fight in Sydney under their jurisdiction for their planned 21st July bout, just two weeks before the planned bout at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Paul Briggs (26-3, 18 KO’s) has not fought since a twelve round decision win over Rupert van Aswegan in February 2007. The official reason from chairman of the boxing authority Terry Hartmann was outlined this afternoon. He stated, “Briggs failed to provide the medical evidence that the specialist sports doctor advised the authority should be obtained for this fight and in addition the request for a couple of warm up fights first was just ignored on a number of occasions.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Tineyi Maridzo of Zimbabwe scored a devastating third round knockout over South Africa’s Mikey Schultz to retain his WBO Africa super middleweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Thursday night. On November 20 last year Schultz was stopped in 86 seconds by the underdog Maridzo in a match for the interim title, and was hoping for revenge, but this was not to be as he was caught with a similar overhand right to the head in the third round that sent him crashing on to his back where he was counted out by referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen at 1 minute and 11 seconds into the round. (more…)
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