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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo “Felino” Jones of Panama could soon be stripped of his crown. Jones won the title in September 2008 and has yet to defend. The WBA World Championships Committee is expected to vacate the belt shortly, thereby opening the door to challengers in the division that desire to fight. “We have been flexible with Jones,” said WBA President Gilberto Mendoza. “It’s sad, but the moment to decide has arrived. He couldn’t have expected more.”
Middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo is spending the scorching hot summer days training in New York City with one goal in mind, crushing WBA champion Felix Sturm on Saturday, September 4th in Cologne, Germany.
Said Lorenzo: “My preparation has been going great; I am in the best shape of my career, physically and mentally. I am so hungry to prove that I am the best middleweight in the world.” (more…)
Story by Chris Cozzone
It may be billed as a showdown of two sports – boxing vs. mixed martial arts – but at least one of the principals involved doesn’t see it that way.
“There’s nothing riding on this with the sport,” says UFC legend Randy Couture, who is matched up against former boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney in the co-main of UFC 118, August 28 on Pay-Per-View . . . Click here for more
The full card has been released for the August 21 “The Big Challenge” PPV card, headlining Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) vs. Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) for the IBF International/NABO heavyweight championship. In the co-main, ten rounds at junior middleweight, Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KOs) takes on Jamaal Davis (12-6, 6 KOs), of Philadelphia. Two more bouts will be shown on the PPV telecast: In an eight-round welterweight bout, Brooklyn’s Sadam Ali (8-0, 4 KOs) will fight Costa Rica’s Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs); and in a sixer at junior welterweight, Jeremy Ryan (13-1, 6 KOs), of Paterson, N.J., takes on Pittsburgh’s Daniel Mitchell (5-1-1, 2 KOs). Three more bouts will round off the card: In a four-round junior lightweight bout, Brooklyn’s Shemuel Pagan will make his pro debut against Philadelphia’s Raul Rivera (0-2); Atlantic City’s Osnel Charles (3-2) takes on Hector Collado (0-1-1), of Union City, N.J., in a four-round junior lightweight bout; and, in the opener, junior lightweight debuters Tyrone Luckey of Middletown, N.J. goes up against Larry Yanez of Ft. Lauderdale.
A few months back Scott Jorgensen and Joseph Benavidez, two buddies who compete in the same division, made a pact: “We knew we were neck-and-neck for the next title shot and we said, “It doesn’t matter who gets it. One of us will fight Dominick (Cruz) and then we’ll fight each other for the belt.’” . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
It’s an evening of hard-hitting boxing action — primarily showcasing the junior welterweight division — on Friday night, August 20 when Thompson Boxing Promotions presents a five-bout card billed as “Path to Glory” at Omega Products International in Corona, California.
Three of the five bouts will be contested at 140 pounds headlined by the scheduled eight-round main event of California fighters, as Riverside’s Mauricio Herrera (14-1, 6 KOs) looks to take another step up the junior welterweight ladder when he battles rugged veteran Hector Alatorre (16-10, 5 KOs), of Tulare. The co-feature, slated for six rounds, will pit undefeated Los Angeles junior welter Chris Rizo (4-0-1, 2 KOs) against always-tough Jose Alfredo Lugo (11-13-1, 5 KOs).
The WBC has officially asked promoters Ahmet Öner and Lou DiBella to take up negotiations for a welterweight championship fight between WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) and WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin (20-0, 15 KOs). Öner and DiBella have until September 17th to reach an agreement or the fight will go purse bid at WBC headquarters in Mexico City.
Part of WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck’s preparations for Saturday’s highly anticipated title defense against Matt Godfrey in Erfurt, Germany has included time in an extreme cold -110° celsius cryochamber which helps regeneration after a draining workout. “It feels like an ice cube you suck with your tongue,” he described. “Only both you and your tongue feel like ice cubes at the same time. The icy cold hurts a little at first. But after you’ve left the cryochamber, you feel good. I had a funny experience once because I had just taken a shower before entering the chamber, my hair wasn’t completely dry yet. The cold froze my hair and broke parts off!”
By Graham Houston
Photo by Mike Greenhill
You could put Saturday’s light-heavyweight title bout between Jean Pascal and Chad Dawson into the “What if” category of contest, as in “What would have happened if Dawson had fought with more fire?” or “What would have happened if the head clash hadn’t ended matters in the 11th round?”
Something similar happened in March when Arthur Abraham lost by disqualification against Andre Dirrell, also in the 11th round and with Abraham making a late charge. People wondered if Dirrell could have held off Abraham in the closing few minutes and observers will no doubt be debating whether Pascal could have survived a Dawson onslaught in the final round. (more…)
Photo by Norma Nieves/WBO
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel paid tribute to Central American and Caribbean Games gold medalists, Ángel Acosta, Christian Peguero and Enrique Collazo in recognition of their achievements and as part of WBO program Kids Drug Free. Valcárcel praised the talents of the young boxers and presented them with a plate and a check for $500 for winning their gold medals and to motivate them to continue in sports and away from drugs and other vices. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
One of the most enduring boxing legends is the one of a famous fighter whose preserved right arm was still exhibited nearly two centuries after his death. It is part of the story of an Irishman, Dan Donnelly, whose exploits in the days of bare-knuckle fighting made him a folk hero in the early 19th century. Among the many legends surrounding Donnelly was that the Prince Regent awarded him a knighthood. The fascinating story of Dan Donnelly can now be read in Patrick Myler’s follow-up to his first book on Donnelly, Regency Rogue – Dan Donnelly, his Life and Legends, published in 1976. Titled Dan Donnelly 1788-1820 – Pugilist, Publican, Playboy the new book is a 200-page paperback, published by Lilliput Press, Dublin. (more…)
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo III
After denying New Mexico boxing fans an opportunity to see two of the better female boxers in the world get it on by dashing out of Isleta Casino, now Hard Rock, last December, Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez decided to stick around and fight this time around.
And fight, she did, against the taller hometown favorite Victoria “Reyna de Guerra” Cisneros . . . Click here for more
100 or more pro fights is what Bart Palaszewski is shooting for. As of today, “Bartimus” is almost halfway to the century mark. Opponent #47 is coming up on Wednesday in the form of Zack Micklewright, a scrappy U.S. Marine who trains under Pat Miletich in Iowa and who can’t believe his luck. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Bob Caico
Longtime matchmaker and promoter Don Elbaum was inducted into the Ring 44 Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame on Friday night. In 1967 after a four-year drought of professional boxing in Buffalo, Elbaum decided to set up shop in the area. Don promoted local cards featuring hometown stars as Dick Wipperman, Jimmy Ralston, and Vic Brown as well as national fighters as Floyd Patterson. During a four-year period Elbaum promoted 18 shows until 1971 and he lived up to his promise of having a Buffalo boxing revival. Also in inducted into the Buffalo Hall of Fame were Rick Glaser, Lee Bohles, Luke Carr, Bill Hackmer and Dick Hall. Further information can be attained at www.ring44.com.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Photos by Herby Whyne
UPDATED: WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs) scored an eleven round technical decision over previously unbeaten WBC interim light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (29-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal before a crowd of 8122 enthusiastic fans. Pascal also captures Dawson’s IBO belt along with the Ring Magazine vacant 175 pound championship.
A desperate Dawson went for the KO in round eleven and looked like he might do it before suffering a bad cut from an accidental headbutt that sent the bout to the scorecards.
Final scores read 106-103, 106-103 and an inexplicable tally of 108-101 from the lone Canadian judge, Jack Woodburn who somehow gave the 11th round to Pascal, despite the fact the reigning champion was hanging on weathering a fierce barrage from Dawson who was able to land a debilitating uppercut early in the round. (more…)
Mackens Semerzier has already submitted one Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in the WEC. But can “Mack Da Menace” repeat the feat against a cocksure fighter who regards himself as the 145-pound division’s “best grappler in the world?”. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a direct rematch, WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) again won a close split decision over former interim champ Nehomar Cermeño (19-2, 11 KOs) at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. Again it was a close, hotly contested affair riding on the perspective of the judges. Scores were 117-112, 115-113 Moreno, 115-113 Cermeño. Moreno won their first fight by split decision in Venezuala five months ago.
In a clash for the vacant WBA middleweight title, unbeaten WBA #1 ranked Gennady Golovkin (19-0, 16 KOs) needed just 58 seconds to annihilate #13 ranked Milton Nuñez (21-2-1, 19 KOs) in the first round. The WBA belt became vacant when Felix Sturm was elevated to WBA “super champion” status.
WBO minimumweight champion Donnie Nietes (27-1-3, 15 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decison over Mario Rodriguez (10-6-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Luis Estrada Medina in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico. Nietes was in command from the beginning, winning by scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112.
Results by Gerardo Martinez at ringside
From the Bosque Events Center inside Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, NM: In one of the co-main events Victoria “Reyna de Guerra” Cisneros (5-10-2, 1 KO) gave a valiant effort but was outpunched by Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez (13-2-2, 4 KOs), losing by unanimous decision with scores of 79-73, 80-72, 80-72. In the other co-main Thaddine Swift Eagle Johnson (6-0, 5 KO’s) decisioned Nancy Bonilla (3-7, 1 KO) with scores of 80-70 x 3. On the undercard Fidel “Atrisco Kid” Maldonado (4-0, 4 KOs) destroyed debuting Gabe Garcia (0-1) at 2:03 of the first round by TKO. Josh Torres (5-1-1, 3 KO’s) decisioned Michael Coca Gallegos (0-7) with scores of 40-34, 40-35, 40-34. Timmy Means (1-1) won by unanimous decision against debuter Rammel Brown (0-1) with scores of 40-36 x 3. Jazzma Hogue (1-0-1) won by unanimous decision against late sub Beto Perez of Santa Fe with scores of 40-36 x 3. Marcos Herrera (6-1-1, 2 KO) TKO’d debuter Robert Trujillo (0-1) 1:38 of round 2. Look for photos and full report tomorrow.
By Chris Perry at ringside
Former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (48-7-2, 39 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over game and rugged veteran Damon Reed (45-14, 32 KOs) on Saturday night at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. It took “The Rock” some time to warm up, but when he did he dropped Reed face first for the count . Time was 2:20 of round six.
In a super middleweight co-feature, Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan (20-2, 13 KOs) beat local favorite Bobby Jordan Jr. (8-3-1, 4 KOs) in a nine round war. The bout was stopped 22 seconds into round nine due to an accumulation of damage suffered by Jordon, including a bad cut.
Photos by Pete Susens
IBF #3 lightweight Miguel Vazquez (26-3, 12 KOs) scored a lopsided unanimous decision over #1 Ji Hoon Kim (21-6, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF lightweight championship on Saturday night at the Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Vazquez comprehensively outboxed the aggressive Kim, who rarely took a step back. Vazquez’ movement almost totally negated Kim’s pressure on the way to a well-earned 119-109, 120-108, 118-110 win. The title had been vacant since Nate Campbell lost the belt on the scale in February 2009. Ali Funeka had a chance to win the belt that night, but lost a majority decision. Joan Guzman fought Funeka last November for the vacant belt, but that bout ended in a draw.
In an IBF featherweight eliminator, unbeaten IBF #7 rated Mikey Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) scored an impressive eleventh round KO over rugged #10 rated Cornelius Lock (19-6-1, 12 KOs). Garcia dropped Lock in round three with a huge right hand and proceeded to deal Lock a brutal beating. The fight was waved off when Garcia floored a thoroughly beaten Lock again in round eleven. Time was 1:09. (more…)
Former WBA Light heavyweight champion Hugo Garay (33-5, 18 KOs) of Argentina got back into the win column in a big way crushing Marcelo Leandro Da Silva of Brazil (19-3, 14 KOs) by way of first round knockout. Literally seconds after the fighters touched gloves in an act of sportsmanship to start the fight Garay landed a solid right to the chin of Da Silva sending him crashing to the canvas where he was counted out. The official time of the bout was just 15 seconds. Garay entered the bout off of back to back losses to Chris Henry and Gabriel Campillo to whom he lost his world title in 2009.
In the main event of the evening WBA & WBO female light flyweight champion Yessica Bopp (13-0, 5 KOs) of Argentina retained her titles with a unanimous decision victory over Ana Arrazola (17-5-3, 15 KOs) of Mexico. Bopp gave up a major height advantage to Arrazola but was able to dominate easily from the outside and inside all night long. Each round seemed to be a reptition of the other as Bopp won both the offensive and defensive battles throughout the contest. The official judges scores were 100-90,100-89, and 100-89 all in favor of Bopp.
The event took place at the Club Deportivo Libertad, Sunchales, in Santa Fe, Argentina. Osvaldo Rivero promoted the event.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Luis Concepción KO1 Wilfredo Valdez (superfly)
Alberto Mosquera KO10 Nelson Lara (jr welterweight)
Nilson Tapia KO2 Reward Marti (middleweight)
Jean Piero Perez KO4 Freddy Beleño (flyweight)
Shantal Martinez KO1 Paola Rojas (superbantam)
Eric Castro KO8 Whyber García (lightweight)
Ogleidis Suárez W8 Paola Rojas (superbantam)
Dirceu Carbarca TKO3 Javier Tello (flyweight)
Ricardo Nuñez KO1 Andwar Vargas (flyweight)
Eric Flores W8 Mercedes Concepción (light flyweight)
Aristides Quintero TKO4 Jose Aguirre (superfeather)
Laura Ledezma W6 Mayerli Altamar (light flyweight)
Carlos Ortega W6 Julñio Canastuj (minimumweight)
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
After his 12- round bout against Manuel Quezada on Friday night, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola looked almost exactly like he did after his last fight in April. A bruised face and favoring both hands, Arreola battled in front of his hometown fans in the same venue almost four months ago.
Unlike the majority decision loss to Tomasz Adamek in April, however, Arreola had his hand raised in victory . . . Click here for more
By Chris Perry
Photo by Terri Degenaars/A-List Photography
The official weigh-in for the International Championship Boxing Knockout Series on Aug. 14, “The Showdown Downtown” event in Norfolk, Virginia was held today at The Waterside Festival Marketplace in downtown Norfolk. The third ICB event at the Scope Arena features two main events with former heavyweight champion of the world Hasim Rahman challenging Damon Reed and a super middleweight clash between Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan and Norfolk’s own Bobby Jordan, Jr. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Fightnews had the chance to catch up with world welterweight champion Andre Berto as he arrived in Montreal to attend tonight’s fight between undefeated Chad Dawson and Haitian born Jean Pascal. We were able to get his view on tonight’s HBO televised match-up and what his thoughts were regarding both fighters. (more…)
Photos and report by Rocco Morales
Before an enthusiastic crowd at the open air Pico Rivera Sports Arena, NABO super featherweight titlist, Eloy Perez, proved that he is amongst the elite in his division by totally overwhelming the solid Derrick Campos. In a scheduled 8 round non-title contest, Perez used his lightning fast jab to set the tempo of the fight and keep Campos at the end of his punches. This strategy worked to perfection for as Campos only knew one direction, and that was straight forward, causing him to eat jab after jab from Perez. For more details and photos click here…
At the IBF second day weigh in, Cornelius Lock scaled 132 1/4 and Mikey Garcia weighed 134. The two picked out their gloves and will fight in an IBF World Featherweight Eliminator tonight on Fox Sports Net.
Story by Andreas Hale
On August 18, Dominick Cruz will defend his newly acquired WEC bantamweight championship against Joseph Benevidez in Las Vegas at WEC 50. It will be Cruz’ first defense against the man who pushed him to the limit for 3 tireless rounds and earned “Fight of the Night” honors en route to a unanimous decision victory. It’s certainly no walk in the part for Cruz’ first title defense but the newly crowned champion – who won the strap by defeating Brian Bowles at WEC 47 – is up for the challenge. . . Click here for more
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