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“A country boy can survive.” For two-time UFC® welterweight champion Matt Hughes, those words echoed by singer Hank Williams Jr. don’t just serve as his inspiration before big fights. For the 36-year-old native of Hillsboro, Ill., those are words to live by. (more…)
After airing episodes for the first time this May, ESPN2 will continue to televise ESPN.com’s produced and distributed weekly MMA Live series dedicated to news, highlights and analysis from the sport of mixed martial arts through August, 2010. ESPN2 will continue to provide the first airing of the weekly MMA Live series Fridays at 1 a.m. ET (Thursday at 10 p.m. PT) with the ESPN.com version, featuring additional content, available shortly after the ESPN2 telecast. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) returns on July 23 against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. The fight was confirmed to Fightnews.com by the General Director of K2 Promotions Ukraine Alexander Krassyuk.
By Robert Coster
Luis Lazarte’s story is an improbable tale that makes one believe that dreams do come true – if you believe enough in them. Saturday night in Argentina, hometown hero Lazarte, 39, became a world champion in his sixth try for a world crown. Lazarte (47-9-1, 18 KOs) became the IBF light flyweight champion by defeating Carlos Tamara by split decision. A pro for 14 years, the Argentinian veteran had been unsuccessful in previous title bids in three divisions: versus Kermin Guardia L12 (WBO light-flyweight title) 10/30/1999, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam KO2 (WBC flyweight title) 12/6/2001, Omar Narvaez DQ10 (WBO flyweight title) 9/13/2002, Edgar Sosa DQ10 (WBC light flyweight title) 9/26/2007, Daniel Reyes L12 (WBO minimumweight interim title) 7/17/2008. Before his unusual feat, the bald and wrinkled Lazarte, a street sweeper by profession, had mentioned that win or lose he would probably retire from boxing. Whether he does or not, Luis Lazarte made history Saturday night.
In his pro debut, highly regarded Top Rank light heavyweight Mike Lee (1-0) won a four round unanimous decision over Emmitt Woods (0-4-1, 0 KOs) on Saturday night at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago. Scores were 40-36 on all cards. The 22-year-old Lee, a three-time Notre Dame boxing champion, was unbeaten as a fighter at Notre Dame and following that was a gold medalist in the 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves. He has already received substantial national press before his debut. Click here for more photos.
WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta of Venezuela (27-3-2, 21 KOs) upset previously unbeaten WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (25-1, 17 KOs) by way of sixth round knockout. The bout took place Saturday in Moses’ native land at the Kalahari Sands Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia. more photos
Postfight presser by Anthony Springer Jr.
After Quinton Jackson (30-8) boldly declared that “Suga” Rashad Evans (15-1-1) would see the most dangerous “Rampage,” the former UFC light heavyweight champion and star of the upcoming A-Team admitted what everyone already knew.
“Ring rust is a factor.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Athens 2004 heavyweight olympian Adam Forsyth (7-0, 6 KOs) scored a knockout over Tongan Walter Pupu’a (11-7, 6 KOs) in round one at the Macedonian Cultural Centre in Balcatta, Western Australia on Saturday. Referee Gary Ingraham crowned Forsyth the winner at 2:05. (more…)
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
“Suga” Rashad Evans (arguably) won the war of words, won The Ultimate Fighter and now, owns a victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. In one of the most highly anticipated bouts in UFC history, Evans went back to his wrestling roots, while keeping Jackson off balance to earn the lopsided win. Evans rocked Jackson with a right hand that seemed to set the tone for the bout. Jackson—known as a knockout artist—returned the favor, stunning Evans in the final frame but was unable to seal the deal. Evans battled back from the brink of defeat, taking “Rampage” down in the second half of the final round to clinch the win. The judges scored the bout 30-27 (twice) and 29-28
In the night’s co-main event, Michael “The Count” Bisping defeated Dan Miller via unanimous decision. The staredown between the pair—which saw Bisping go nose to nose with Miller—packed as much action as the bout. Bisping used superior striking to keep Miller off balance. The judges scored the bout 30-27(twice) and 29-28.
Mike Russow knocked out Todd Duffee in the third round.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira earned a controversial split decision victory over Nebraska wrestler Jason Brilz.
John Hathaway defeated Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision in the night’s first main card bout.
Undefeated WBC #2 ranked featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (38-8-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tecate Arena at the Tecate Boxing Tour event in Guadalajara, Mexico. Burgos was in command throughout the fight and Castillo abruptly remained on his stool at the beginning of the eleventh round. With the win, Burgos (the nephew of ex-champ Victor Burgos) earned a shot at the WBC featherweight belt.
By Jason Ford at ringside
Cruiserweight Ross “The Boss” Thompson derailed former world champion Montell Griffin’s “Quest for 50” on Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. Thompson (27-14-2, 17 KOs) beat Griffin (49-8-1, 30 KOs) to the punch all night and was unlucky that the bout ended in a ten round draw. Scores were 96-94 Griffin, 97-93 Thompson and 95-95. Griffin, who turns 40 next week, was looking to cap off his successful career with his 50th professional victory against the Buffalo veteran in the main event of a show presented by Hitz Boxing.
Luis Lazarte (46-9-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina upset IBF junior flyweight champion Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) of Colombia by split decision. on Saturday night at the Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was Lazarte’s 6th attempt to win a world title. No knockdowns were scored. The official judges scorecards were 115-113 and 116-112 for Lazarte and 115-113 for Tamara. Lazarte clearly won the fight and did not receive a home decision. He earned the victory. (more…)
Unbeaten “Son of the Legend” Omar Chavez (22-0-1, 15 KOs) defeated Rodrigo Juarez (15-12-1, 11 KOs) by round split decision in an eight round welterweight bout on Saturday night at the Centro de Espectaculos in León, Guanajuato, México. Scores were 78-77, 79-77 for Chavez, 78-77 for Juarez. The local fans were upset by the the decision and threw beer into the ring.
In the co-feature, former welterweight world champion José Luis “Maestrito” López (50-5-2, 28 KOs) stayed on his stool at the beginning of round six and lost by TKO to Francisco “Panchito” Sierra (21-3, 19 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. More results and photos…
Unbeaten WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over previously unbeaten WBO #1 rated Zsolt Bedak (15-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Bedak held his own for the first four rounds, but Vazquez rocked him in round five and had him in trouble. Vazquez continued the assault in the sixth and dominated the rest of the way, finally dropping Bedak in the tenth and the bout was waved off. Time was 1:12.
Unbeaten WBO junior lightweight champion Román Martínez (24-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over WBO #10 rated Gonzalo Mungía (17-7-3, 13 KOs). Mungía was game, by “Rocky” had too much firepower, pummeling him to the canvas for the count. Time was 1:48. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) scored a tenth round KO over Albert Sosnowski (45-3-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night before a huge crowd at the Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. A heavy favorite, Klitschko had to work harder than expected against a determined challenger.
Klitschko kept Sosnowski on the outside in round one. Another measured round for Klitschko in round two. Sosnowski landed a few shots in round three. Another workmanlike round for Klitschko in the fourth. Klitschko began to open up in the fifth punishing Sosnowski. More good work from Klitschko in the sixth, but Sosnowski remained game. Another round for Klitschko in the seventh, but Sosnowski backed him up on occasion. Sosnowski landed a good right in the eighth.
Klitschko had his best round of the fight so far in the ninth, landing numerous hard shots. Klitschko came out for the kill in the tenth, finally sending Sosnowski to the deck. Referee Jay Nady immediately waved it off saving the glassy-eyed challenger from further abuse. Time was 2:20. It was Klitschko’s fourth successful title defense. For more details and photos click here…
Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey won the Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights title after a night of action, drama and controversy at London’s York Hall. Casey, 28, from Limerick, Ireland, claimed the £32,000 winner’s prize with a unanimous points victory over Scottish substitute Paul McElhinney. McElhinney got his chance in the final after Welshman Ricky Owen was left in tears after a bad cut sustained during his semi-final win denied him a final appearance. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Opening today’s Klitschko-Sosnowski pay-per-view telecast will be unbeaten Balkan cruiserweight Nenad Borovcanin (25-0, 18 KOs), who will be tested by Raymond Ochieng (21-10-3, 17 KOs). Borovcanin is looking to capture the European cruiserweight belt this year.
Next up will be WBC #7 heavyweight Johnathon Banks (24-1, 17 KOs) defending his NABF title against Jason Gavern (19-7-3, 8 KOs). Gavern earned this high profile fight by defeating then WBC #8 rated Manny “El Toro” Quezada in April. Can Gavin pull off a second straight shocker?
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) will be making the fourth defense in his second WBC title reign. Since returning from a four year retirement, Vitali has defeated Samuel Peter, Juan Carlos Gomez, Chris Arreola and Kevin Johnson. Challenger Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) is coming off a win over Olympian Paolo Vidoz for the European championship.
The pay-per-telecast begins at 3PM ET/noon PT on both cable and satellite via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada. Suggested price is $24.95.
Matt Hughes is probably tired of me bringing up this topic (you can even see it as the lead to the defining moments piece linked below), but as the two-time welterweight champion celebrates his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame tonight, I couldn’t help but remind him of his words to me the first time I interviewed him in 2001 before his Extreme Challenge bout against Chatt Lavender . . . Cick here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Karl Freitag
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) will be sporting a new look when he defends his title against Albert Sosnowski today on PPV at 3PM ET/noon PT. Vitali will enter the ring with a beard for the first time in his career. Although it doesn’t look half-bad, the champion says he plans to shave it off after the fight because he wants to look neat when he is presented with a medal of honor in Kiev next week. As for Sosnowski, Vitali stated, “My KO ratio is 97%, therefore my chances of winning are at 97%.” Vitali has the highest KO rate of any champion in heavyweight history, although his KO rate actually went down to 94.8% after survival-minded Kevin Johnson went the full twelve in his last fight. Sosnowski has vowed that he will attack Klitschko in any way possible and become the first Polish heavyweight champion. A large contingent of Polish fans are expected to be among the 60,000+ on hand at the Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of $24.95.
Former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin and Hitz Boxing Founder Bobby Hitz pose together at the weigh-in prior to tomorrow night’s “Quest for 50” event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Griffin will be vying for his 50th career victory in the main event against Buffalo’s Ross “The Boss” Thompson.
Montell Griffin 179.6 vs. Ross Thompson 192.5
Henry Coyle 155 vs. Marcus Luck 156
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Click here for a special feature on Irish junior middleweight Henry Coyle…
By Chris Perry at ringside
Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5, 45 KOs) scored his second first round KO in less than a week on Friday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. This time it took Briggs 98 seconds to demolish Rob Calloway (70-12-2, 57 KOs). Briggs dropped Calloway three times before the bout was waved off. Briggs knocked out Dominique Alexander in 20 seconds last Saturday night in New York City.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight Adam Seal (8-1, 7 KOs) scored an upset fifth round TKO over veteran Daniel Judah (23-6-3, 10 KOs). The bout was waved off at the 2:40 mark.
Puerto Rico will have two of their world champions defending their titles tonight May 29th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (18-0-1, 15 KOs) will be defending against unbeaten Universum-promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) in the 12 round main event. Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) will defend against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs). A large capacity crowd is anticipated to be on hand to support their two world champions. Where some fighters may see this as pressure, Vázquez Jr. and Martínez don’t see it that way at all. (more…)
Two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan (33-5-2, 20 KOs) of Argentina stopped Jailer Berrio of Colombia (19-6, 11 KOs) in round five to win the vacant WBC Latino welterweight title. Berrio scored well early and gave Lujan trouble but never seriously hurt him. The tide turned in round four beginning with a flash knockdown scored by Lujan. Berrio beat the count easily but Lujan charged him immediately and landed a vicious left hook that put him down again. Berrio managed to beat the count and was saved by the bell. Lujan swarmed Berrio with a volume of punches at the beginning of round five and again put him down. Berrio beat the count but more of the same followed seconds later and when Berrio went down again the referee stopped the fight without a count. The bout took place at the Estadio U.T.N. in Santa Fe, Santa Fe, Argentina. The event was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Producciones
In the 10 round co-featured WBC Latino lightweight title bout Marcelino Nicolas Lopez (18-0, 7 KOs) of Argentina edged countryman Alberto Santillan (16-5, 5 KOs) by majority decision. The bout was closely contested with both fighters having their moments. No knockdowns were scored though both fighters had the other hurt in the bout. The official scores were 97-94 and 96-94 for Lopez. The other judge had it even at 95-95.
By Dave Spencer (Fightnews Canada) at ringside
WBC #12 super middleweight contender Librado Andrade (29-3, 22 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over comebacking former WBC super middleweight champion Eric Lucas (39-7-3, 15 KOs) on Friday night in a highly-anticipated showdown at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City. In a good action fight, Andrade, fighting in Canada for the fourth consecutive time, simply had too much energy and durability for Lucas, who turns 39 at midnight tonight. The face of Lucas was progressively showing the effects of the fight with cuts over both eyes and a bloody nose. The fight was waved off after round eight. With the win, Andrade somewhat eases the memory of his title fight loss to current IBF champion Lucien Bute last November in the same building. Lucas said before the fight that he would retire if he didn’t win.
Middleweight Marcus Upshaw (13-4-1, 6 KOs) upset Renen St-Juste (24-2-1, 14 KOs). Upshaw was credited with a knockdown when St. Juste turned his back on him in round four and went on to win a ten round split decision. (more…)
Mike Lee 174 vs Emmitt Woods 171
Jesus Soto-Karass 149 vs Gabriel Martinez 149
Jose Luis Soto-Karass 138 vs Ivan Popoca 138
Jose Benavidez 139 vs Ronnie Peterson 138.5
Wendell Henley 147 vs Marcus Thompkins 145
Antonio Avila 134 vs David Laque 138
Krystof Zimnoch 230 vs Michael Moncrief 245
Venue: UIC Pavillion, Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: Top Rank/8 Count
TV: Fox Sports Espanol
Unbeaten jr middleweight Yudell Johnson (6-0, 4 KOs) takes on Juliano Ramos (16-3, 13 KOs) next Friday (June 4) at the Fuchs Pavilion located at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds. Johnson, a Cuban Defector who won the silver medal at the Olympics in Athens, Greece in 2004, is fighting his first main event. The co-main features undefeated welterweight Kenny Galarza (13-0, 13 KOs) against fellow unbeaten Brad Solomon (11-0, 4 KOs). There will be six additional bouts featuring Cuban and Puerto Rican Olympians and other up and coming international boxers. ESPN2 will televise.
Heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) returns June 26 against Horace Ray “The Reeazon” Grant (15-2, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. “Grano is probably the most popular boxer in New England,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. “He has a growing legion of fans that support him whenever he fights.” Super bantamweight Mike Oliver (23-2, 8 KOs) faces former world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-13-2, 23 KOs) in the co-feature. Tickets are $40, $60 and $105. Call 401.724.2253.
Anthony Springer Jr. at the scales
From the UFC FanExpo at Mandalay Bay for tomorrow night’s UFC 114 card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, televised on PPV:
Rashad Evans 206 vs. Rampage Jackson 205
Michael Bisping 186 vs. Dan Miller 185
Jason Brilz 205 vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 205
John Hathaway 171 vs. Diego Sanchez 171
Todd Duffee 253 vs. Mike Russow 253
Preliminary fights, televised on SPIKE TV
Dong Hyun Kim 171 vs. Amir Sadollah 171
Efrain Escudero 156 vs. Dan Lauzon 155
Melvin Guillard 155 vs. Waylon Lowe 155
Luiz Cane 205 vs. Cyrille Diabate 205
Joe Brammer 156 vs. Aaron Riley 156
Jesse Forbes 186 vs. Ryan Jensen 185
IBF jr flyweight champion Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara and Luis “El Mosquito” Lazarte weighed in this afternoon at the 15 De Diciembre Hotel in Mar del Plata Argentina. Tamara weighed in at the maximun of 108 lbs (49kilos) and Lazarte weighed in at 107 lbs (48.5 kilos). The Tamara-Lazarte fight will be held Saturday night at the Once Unidos Arena in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Former WBA jr welter champ Souleymane M’baye (39-3-1, 21 KOs) won the vacant WBA interim welterweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Antonin Decarie (23-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in Paris, France. Scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 116-113. M’Baye dropped Decarie in round four. Nice win for the personable 35-year-old Levallois fighter M’Baye, who relinquished his European 140lb title to fight for the world belt in a higher weight division.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated 130 pounder Ahmed Elomar (17-1-2, 10 KOs) returned to ring action after eighteen months out of the ring and scored a fifth round knockout over Filipino Abner Llanasa (3-10) at Adeel’s Palace Reception Center, Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia Friday. Elomar’s last ring appearance was in November 2008 when he scored a 1st round knockout over then world rated William Kickett. Former amateur champion – Elomar captured the Australian 130 pound title in 2005 when he won a nine round technical decision over Daniel Hoskins. On the undercard, hot lightweight prospect Paul Fleming (6-0, 5 KOs) outscored Michael Corea (2-1-1,1KO) of the Philippines over six rounds. Promoter Billy Hussein. Click here for more photos…
Omar Chávez 147 vs. Rodrigo Juárez 145
José Luis “Maestrito” López 170 vs. Panchito Sierra 170
Lizardo Moreno 127 vs. Guadalupe “Lupillo” Hernández 127
José Carlos Vargas 118 vs Jonathan Lecona 118
Venue: Feria de León, Guanajuto, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA super flyweight champion Rafael “Torito” Concepcion has rejected an offer to fight WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel on July 17. According to Concepcion, Zanfer Promotions offered $20,000. “They know that offer is very little and therefore I won’t fight. I’m a boxer with a lot of class,” said Concepcion. Other sources indicate that Concepcion could replace Jorge Arce in Texas on June 26 against WBO interim champion Eric Morel. In any event, Concepcion has a fight on June 19 against Felipe Murillo in Chiriquí, Panama.
Juan Carlos Burgos 125 vs Ricardo Castillo 125
(WBC featherweight elliminator)
Fernando Beltran 127.6 vs Angel Gonzalez 126.5
Venue: Tecate Boxing Tour Arena in Guadalajara, Mexico
Promoter: HB Boxing, Banner, Thompson Boxing
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