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Ringside Report: Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
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There was no title on the line Wednesday night at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook New York, but it didn’t matter to the pair of ageless light heavyweights David “The Pride of Portchester New York” Telesco and Byron Mitchell, who each needed a big victory to solidify comebacks and another run at a world bout. In the end, it was Byron Mitchell who stunned the local fan favorite David Telesco with a devastating 2nd round knockout. (More)
Representatives of junior middleweight contender Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs) have petitioned the WBO to sanction Yorgey’s November 7 fight against Alfredo Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs) as an interim 154-pound world title bout. That belt is currently held by Paul Williams, who will fight on December 5, possibly against WBC champion Sergio Martinez. Yorgey-Angulo was originally approved as a world title eliminator.
Italian young gun Luca Marasco (14-0, 5 KOs) retained his National title at lightweight limit for the first time in front of his supporters at the Palasport Italcementi in Bergamo, Italy on Friday night. Rising star Marasco outscored vicious challenger and former Italian titlist Simone ‘Chico’ Califano (13-3, 7 KOs) over ten entertaining and strong rounds of boxing. Click for more details and photos…
By Alexey Sukachev
Both Kozaev brothers, 18-year-old kayo artist Hetag (7-0, 7 KOs) and 21-year-old Aslanbek (8-0, 3 KOs) – captured their first professional titles during a heated show, arranged by Ural Box Promotions on Saturday at Manezh in Vladikavkaz, Russia. (more…)
“Machida Era” now in question: Saturday night was supposed to be another chapter in what was being called “The Machida Era.” Twenty-five minutes of a grueling chess match between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s Muy Thai and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida’s heralded Karate passed and everything changed – except the fact that “The Dragon” would remain undefeated with a unanimous decision victory to retain his light heavyweight title at UFC 104 in Los Angeles . . . Click here for more by Andreas Hale
Velasquez converts the skeptics: With just seven fights under his belt, respect for Cain Velasquez has been a long, slow, uphill climb for some skeptic who believes the California fighter was overhyped . . . Click here for more by Anthony Springer Jr.
Sending a packed house home early and putting to bed their opponents with knockout wins, last night at Sky City Casino in Acoma, N.M., Vincent “Li’l Man” Mirabal and Carlos “El Gallo” Sanchez elevated their fighting stock while plummeting their respective challengers to the canvas . . . Click here for more
Here’s what cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek had to say after stopping heavyweight Andrew Golota in five rounds on Saturday in Lodz, Poland. “I will never forget this moment, fighting in front of almost 17 thousand Polish fans against a Polish legend that went through many great battles. It was a meaningful night for me. By beating Andrew Golota I made a statement about my power. I wanted to show how good I can be as a heavyweight. I got hit couple of times pretty hard, but I was never in danger. Looks like my iron chin will work for me in a higher weight class also.” (more…)
Octagonside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
In the main event of UFC 104 controversy abounded as, after five incredibly close rounds, judges’ scored the bout 48-47 in favor of the Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. Rounds one and two were highlighted by “Shogun” Rua’s strong commitment to landing hard kicks to the legs and body of the champion. Machida came alive in round three by exploding on the challenger with several snapping kicks and an explosive combination of straight punches. Rua punished the body of Machida in round four and badly bruised the ribs of “The Dragon.” The final round saw the chess match continue as Machida ate a number of leg and body kicks. With this win Machida moves to a perfect 16-0 and becomes the first light heavyweight champion to successfully defend his belt since September of 2007.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Capitol Heights, MD super middleweight Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan won an eight-round unanimous decision over Norfolk, VA’s Bobby Jordan, Jr. to capture the vacant WBF All-Americas Super Middleweight title in front of an overflow crowd at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. Fighting for the first time since his NABF/NABO title loss to Andre Ward in February, Buchanan looked like a different person as he showed hand speed and accuracy along with tremendous ring generalship, controlling the pace of the bout from bell to bell. (more…)
Former world welterweight champion Kermit “Killer” Cintrón (32-2-1, 28 KOs) made his debut in Puerto Rico a spectacular one by stopping Juliano Ramos (15-3, 12 KOs) of Brazil by fifth round TKO on Saturday night at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.. The bout was the main event of a special edition of DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series which was promoted by PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and DiBella Entertainment. Cintron studied Ramos for rounds one and two but opened up in rounds three and four. In the 4th round Cintron had Ramos reeling from power right hook that had Ramos in bad shape. Ramos’ corner didn’t allow him to come out for round five.
WBC interim super flyweight champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (32-11-1, 22 KOs) retained his title via unanimous twelve round decision against previously unbeaten Evans Mbamba (16-1, 8 KOs) at the World Trade Center in Veracruz, Mexico. Scores were 117-109, 117-109 and 119-108. Rojas is now in line to face Vic Darchinyan for the full WBC title on December 12 in Rancho Mirage, California.
After weeks of training in the Philippines, six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao arrives in Los Angeles amid hundreds of cheering fans. Pacquiao is in town to prepare for his upcoming “Firepower” world welterweight championship fight against three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Cotto Promotions,MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday,November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
By Alexey Uralets (ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
Rising lightweight Dmitry Ganiev (11-0-1, 5 KOs) scored the biggest win of his yet short pro career with the first-round annihilation of well-known yet severely shopworn Thai veteran Fahsang 3K Battery (59-10-2, 35 KOs). Ganiev, headlining the local event, arranged by German Titov Promotions and Pushka Promotions today in Ekaterinburg, went right at 3K Battery and immediately floored him with a left uppercut, which ended the contest at 0:22 of the very first round. Ganiev, ranked #14 by the WBO, retained his PABA and WBO Asia Pacific titles in the process. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
World rated super featherweight Roy Mukhlis of Indonesia (#5 WBC, #7 WBA and #10 WBO) defeated Thailand’s Vacharakrit Senahan via TKO in round 10 after Senahan decided to retire in the break between rounds nine and ten on Saturday at TVRI Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia. Senahan, a masters degree student in marketing at a university in Bangkok, was knocked down in round eight with a quick and sharp right hook to the chin. With this result, Mukhlis retained his super featherweight WBC International belt and extended his record to 23-2-2, 18 KOs, while Senahan, the IBF Pan Pacific champion of the division, dropped to 15-2-2, 7 KOs.
41-year-old WBF heavyweight titleholder Francois Botha (48-4-2, 28 KOs) won an unpopular majority decision over 39-year-old former Cuban national team member Pedro Carrion (8-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany. Botha has difficultly at times with Carrion’s height and the bout resembled a sparring session as it proceeded at a slow, mostly uneventful pace. In the end, scores were 114-110, 115-115, 114-113. After the bout, Botha said he hurt his right hand in the first round.
Middleweights Kreshnik Qato (21-6, 4 KOs) and Fabio Liggieri (10-4, 2 KOs) not unsurprisingly went the full twelve, with WBF titlist Qato prevailing 115-113, 116-112, 116-112.
Heavyweight Konstantin Airich (13-2-1, 10 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Cisse Salif (23-17-2, 21 KOs) on Saturday at the Kugelbake Halle in Cuxhaven, Germany. The bout seemed closer than the scores of 79-73, 79-75, 78-74 indiacated. Airich was a late sub for Arena stablemate Steffen Kretschmann, who was originally set to headline the card but came down ill.
Heavyweight Ondrej Pala (26-2, 18 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Alex Mazikin (13-3-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 80-69, 80-72.
Former Euro heavyweight champion Vladimir Virchis (24-2, 20 KOs) W6 Edgars Kalnars (20-19, 11 KOs) Virchis stalked Kalnars the entire fight to compile a 59-55, 59-55, 59-56 win.
By Alexey Sukachev
In “The Polish Fight of the Century”, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) notched his soundest career victory to date with a huge fifth round TKO over Andrzej Golota (41-8-1, 33 KOs) in front of the partisan crowd at Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. Making his heavyweight debut, two-time world champion in light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions Adamek looked huge in the first, circling around much slower but also much bigger Golota, throwing multiple combinations, which easily penetrated The Foul Pole’s unsteady defense. Golota was floored at the end of the round by what seemed to be more a push than a legitimate punch on Adamek’s behalf. Round two was also in Goral’s favor though the native of Zywiec felt some freaky power in Golota’s gloves yet sustaining his pressure. Round three was the best for Andrzej Golota who tagged Adamek several times with his left hooks to the jaw and even wobbled him once in the going. The fight came back to its roots in the fourth, which saw Adamek taking the lead by huge left hooks. Golota was rocked several times but never went down. It was in round five when he finally did so after a monstrous right cross – left hook combination by the Goral. Golota got up and immediately found himself under Adamek’s fire. He tried to retalliate but was unable to prevent Adamek from dealing more severe punishment. After a few more hooks to the open jaw of Golota the referee Bill Clancy stepped in, halting the action in the midst of the fifth. Adamek will break through the IBF ranks by acquiring the IBF International heavyweight title. Golota, on the other hand, have possibly had his “last hurrah!” though he said nothing about the retirement in his post-fight interview. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao’s flight will arrive tonight (Saturday) one hour earlier than expected. Philippine Airlines Flight 102 will arrive at 6:55 pm at Los Angeles International Airport. Fight fans are invited to come and welcome Pacman at LAX Terminal 4 upon his arrival for his Novemver 14 showdown with Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas.
By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Unbeaten jr welterweight contender Denis Shafikov (22-0, 12 KOs) successfully stepped up in class to defeat battle-tested veteran Fernando Trejo (30-16-4, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Urheilutalo in Helsinki, Finland. Scores were 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112. The bout was for the IBO I/C belt.
Vitali Klitschko and Kevin Johnson pose for a promotional pic at Switzerland’s famous “Jungfraujoch,” which at 11,333 feet (3,454 meters) is the highest train station in Europe. They collide in nearby Bern on December 12.
On Wednesday the WBC delivered a life insurance check for $25,000 to the father of fallen warrior Marco Antonio Nazareth, who died after his fight with Omar Chavez on July 18 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The WBC has a life insurance policy that covers all boxers on a fight card when there is a WBC world title bout involved. With the money, Nazareth’s father wants to create a foundation for those who lost their sons and daughters.
In an interesting battle of comebacking heavyweight notables, 44-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (54-9, 37 KOs) dropped 37-year-old longtime contender Lance Whitaker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) in round one and went on to win a narrow ten round unanimous decision on Saturday night at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Scores were 95-94 on all cards for McCall, who retained his IBA Continental belt.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight Victor Barragan (11-4, 3 KOs) stopped 44-year-old former IBF champion “King” Arthur Williams (46-16-1, 30 KOs) in the seventh round to claim Williams’ interim WBC USNBC title.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
The world’s best light heavyweight defends his title for the first time Saturday, October 24th at UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun. Since his April destruction of Rashad Evans, 15-0 Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida has made a name for himself as one of the best technical strikers in the history of the sport . . . . Click here for more
UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun – Saturday, October 24th, live on Pay-Per-View from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Click here for more info.
Once-beaten welterweight Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez withstood a strong final round by Damian “Devo’’ Frias to win a unanimous 10-round decision Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. In the telecast’s opening bout at Laredo Entertainment Center, undefeated Victor “Vitino’’ Fonseca rallied to register a ninth-round TKO over Al “The Quiet Storm’’ Seeger in a fast-paced, hard-fought battle of world-ranked super bantamweights. After Seeger hit the canvas from the bout’s lone knockdown, the referee halted matters at 1:41. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
The cold Autumn weather outside didn’t put a damper on the heat inside the McDonough Field House on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York as Lisa Elovich’s Pugnacious Promotions presented Friday Fright Night. An enthusiastic crowd of fight fans comprising locals and HVCC faculty and students alike, showed their appreciation for the Pro-Am show featuring four amateur and five pro bouts. In the main go, Schenectady, New York Corrections officer Brian Miller defeated Albany’s Rafael Luna to claim the vacant New York State lightweight belt in a bout that went the full eight rounds.
By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Lefele retained his South African mini flyweight title when he knocked out Mawanda Sineko in the sixth round at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Friday night. Lefele (16-4; 10) who was making the second defence of his title was outboxed by Sineko (20-10-2; 7) through the first four rounds, but picked up the pace going into the fifth round. Early in the sixth Lefele (46.70 kg) stunned Sineko (47.45 kg) with a right to the head and soon afterwards dropped him flat on his back with a right to the jaw where he was counted out by referee Allen Matakane at 2 minutes 35 seconds into the round. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
WBC heavyweight champion “Dr. Ironfist” Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) met at a press conference with challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) in Bern, Switzerland. Their fight will take place on December 12th in this Swiss city at the PostFinance Arena.
By Peter Lim
Had there been a Knockout of the Evening award, it would have been shared by bantamweight Miguel Flores and cruiserweight Craig Baker at the Houston Hobby Marriot Hotel. Flores, 17, raised his record to 3-0 (3 KOs), by deflating Edson Renteria, 0-2, for the full count with a picturesque triple left hook to the ribcage midway through the first round. Baker, 9-0 (8 KOs), torched Gabe Hayes, 1-2 (1 KO), dropping him twice with crushing overhand rights en route to a first round stoppage. In a cross-town heavyweight battle, Eugene Hill, 19-1 (15 KOs) unanimously outpointed Robbie McClimans, 7-6-2 (2 KOs), over eight hard-fought, albeit sloppy, rounds that saw as much clinching and leaning as there was boxing. In other bouts, junior welterweights Bruentre Miller, 3-1 (3 KOs) and Chris Hernandez, 3-2 (3 KOs), traded three knockdowns apiece before Hernandez was counted out in the second round. Jesus “Torrito” Rodarte, 5-0 (2 KOs), scored a four-round shutout over Miguel Delgado, 3-15-1 (3 KOs), in a lightweight bout. The fights were staged by Chris Henard Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA flyweight champ Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-1-1, 20 KOs), Thailand, will give a return to ex-titlist Takefumi Sakata (35-5-2, 16 KOs), Japan, in Tokyo on December 31. It was announced by Sakata’s promoter/manager Keiichiro Kanehira of Kyoei Promotions. It is a highly anticipated rematch, as the hard-hitting Thailander dethroned Sakata by a pulverizing one-punch knockout in the second round on the same day of the previous year. Sakata has been very loyal to the WBA, having fought just for the organization’s 112-pound belt without aiming at any other boxing body’s throne. (more…)
Welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (26-1, 18 KOs) outworked Damian “Devo” Frias (16-2, 7 KOs) over ten workmanlike rounds on Friday night at the Laredo Entertainment Center in Laredo, Texas. Hernandez did some good bodywork, but never really opened up. Frias’ best round was the tenth, but it was too little too late. Scores were 98-92 on all cards.
In a battle of world-ranked contenders, undefeated super bantamweight IBF #7 Victor “Vitino” Fonseca (17-0, 9 KOs) beat down WBA #7 Al “The Quiet Storm” Seeger (28-5, 22 KOs) over nine rounds. Fonseca simply mugged Seeger in the ninth round, battering him to the deck to get the stoppage. Time was 1:41.
Olympian featherweight Gary Russell Jr. moved to 5-0, 2 KOs after a four round unanimous decision over Noe Lopez (4-4).
Unbeaten Super Middleweight “Golden” Caleb Truax will vie for his first title on November 20 against former world champion Carl Daniels in the main event at the St. Paul Armory. Truax (13-0, 9 KOs), has been impressive thus far during his young career. The Osseo, MN native stopped five of his last six opponents, including a TKO over veteran Patrick Perez in July. Daniels (50-18-1, 32 KOs), of St. Louis, MO, is a former WBA junior middleweight champion and fought the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Julio Cesar Green, Julio Cesar, Laurent Boudouani and Chad Dawson. The 69 fight veteran is Truax’ most experienced foe to date, although Daniels has lost 14 of his last 15. (more…)
Weights by Andreas Hale
Lyoto Machida 202.5 vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 204.5
* For the UFC light-heavyweight title
Ben Rothwell 265 vs. Cain Velasquez 238
Spencer Fisher 155 vs. Joe Stevenson 155.5
Anthony Johnson 176 vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida 170
Josh Neer 156.5 vs. Gleison Tibau 157
Ryan Bader 205 vs. Eric Schafer 205.5
Patrick Barry 237 vs. Antoni Hardonk 249.5
Yushin Okami 185 vs. Chael Sonnen 185
Rob Kimmons 185 vs. Jorge Rivera 185
Razak Al-Hassan 204.5 vs. Kyle Kingsbury 205.5
Stefan Struve 243.5 vs. Chase Gormley 262
UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun – Saturday, October 24th, live on Pay-Per-View from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Click here for more info.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Tomas Rojas 115 vs Evans Mbamba 114.5
(WBC interim super flyweight championship)
Cruz Carbajal 122 vs German Meraz 122
Adrian Hernandez 112 vs Paulino Villalobos 112
Rafael Guzman 125 vs Guadalupe Hernandez 126
Zaid Zavaleta 130 vs Azael Villegas 129.5
Javier Romano 115 vs Lesley Sekotswe 115
Carlos Cuadras 118 vs Humberto Morales 118
Venue: World Trade Center, Boca de Rio, Veracruz, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer and Veracruz State Government
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico)
Rugged lightweight Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) will take on two-division world champion Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight title on November 28 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The bout will take place before the IBF super middleweight rematch between champion Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade. “I respect Joan Guzman and everything he’s accomplished, but he’s too small to deal with me,” said Funeka. “I will overpower him, send him back to 130 pounds and show him how true lightweights fight.” HBO will televise both bouts.
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