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By Robert Coster
Photos by HG Boxing
It happens in boxing. Sometimes the boxer with lesser ability wins. And sometimes an underdog boxer just happens to have the champion’s number. Iran Barkeley did twice beat the legendary Thomas Hearns. Brawler Ricardo Mayorga defeated Vernon Forrest on two occasions. Forrest twice beat Shane Mosley. And Mosley, in turn, just knew how to rout Oscar de la Hoya two times around. On Saturday, the same scenario occured when limited, battled-scarred veteran Gilberto Keb Baas (33-20-4) upset the much more touted Omar Nino (30-3-2) and wrested the WBC light flyweight title from his grasp. For more details and photos click here…
By David L. Hudson Jr.
Juan Manuel Lopez showed he could take a punch in addition to dishing out plenty of punishment in stopping Rafael Marquez to defend his WBO world featherweight championship. The fighter known as “JuanMa” consistently landed hard shots to Marquez, but the Mexican warrior had his moments. In the fourth round, he tagged Lopez and appeared to stun him.
In the post-fight press conference, Lopez acknowledged he was stunned in the fourth round. “It was a real tough fight. He hit me good in the fourth round. So what, it showed everyone that I can come back and that I can take a punch.” (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
On Saturday night, Glen Johnson continued to defy Father Time and proved that he is a threat to the rest of the fighters remaining in the Super Six competition. He looked fresh, fit and fast at nearly age 42, in chopping down Allan Green to earn a place in the semifinals of the 168 lb. tournament.
“Green is a good fighter who throws quick combinations,” Johnson said. “I knew I had to be patient and that my time would come.” His time came in the eighth round, as he continued to find a home for hard, straight right hands.
Johnson looks forward to facing the winner of the Carl Froch-Arthur Abraham fight. “It doesn’t matter to me which guy [Froch or Abraham] I fight, because I always fight the best,” said the man known as “the Road Warrior.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos by Mike Greenhill
Jimmy Lange of Great Falls, VA captured the NABA Super Welterweight title with a 10th round knockout of Richmond, VA’s Joe Wyatt last night at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Wyatt seemed to be the aggressor throughout the contest, especially in the early rounds. However, in the fifth round, Lange caught Wyatt with a counter right hand that dropped Wyatt to the canvas. Wyatt was able to bounce back and maintain his pressure. For more details and photos click here…
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian middleweight Matteo Signani (10-3-2, 4 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Roman warrior Giovanni De Carolis (12-4, 4 KOs) Friday night at The Sport Palace in Cesena, Italy. With the win the local idol Signani defended his National Title at 160lbs for the second time. It was not a great fight, much too tactical with both fighters being careful and many of the rounds following a similar pattern. Signani dropped De Carolis in round six and used his counterpunch attitude for to convince the three judges that scores the bout 95-93, 96-93 and 97-92 for the 31-year-old Signani. (Fightnews had it 95-93 for Signani). (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Saturday from the Hard Rock Hotel of Albuquerque: On a card promoted by Danny Romero Productions, “Mad” Max Heyman (24-11-4, 14 KO’s) punched out “Mad” Mike Alderete (7-5-2, 3 KO’s). Alderete’s corner did not allow there fighter to come out for the ninth round, giving Heyman the win by TKO. In a junior featherweight contest Randy “Savage” Arrellin (7-3, 4 KO’s) won by unanimous decision against Lorenzo Estrada (3-18-1, 1 KO) of Las Cruces with scores of 60-54 times three. MMA fighter turned boxer Manuel “Mano” Otero (2-1, 1 KO) won by unanimous decision against Jose “Goose” Ramirez (11-11, 6 KO’s) with scores of 38-37, 38-37 and 39-36. In a junior welterweight battle, Albuquerque’s Joshua “El Nino de Oro” Gomez (3-0, 2 KO) won by TKO against Las Cruces’ Colbert “Pitbull” Lozoya (4-10) at 2:35 of the third round. And in the opening bout of the night featherweight Natalie Roy (2-0, 1 KO) of Santa Fe won by unanimous decision against Plainview, TX fighter Celestina Cano (0-2) with 40-36 times three.
Edward Faaloloto recalls being grazed by a bullet back in high school and, on a different occasion, stabbed by a homeless man attempting to rob him. Given that perspective, the unbeaten fighter is not losing any sleep over the likely prospect of a standup war with Anthony Njokuani at WEC 52. . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is the much anticipated SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament scheduled to take place on December 11 in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico may be moved to the U.S. If moved, Los Angeles is the frontrunner to land the event involving Abner Mares vs Vic Darchinyan and Yhonny Perez vs Joseph Agbeko. Reasons for the move include issues of production and organization of the card, as well as the security situation in Mexico at the moment.
Photos courtesy Top Rank
Antonio Margarito and his wife Michelle depart the Margarito Bus at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX late Saturday night. The bus met the Margarito camp at the Dallas/Forth Worth airport, with multiple 24/7 crews in tow.
On Sunday, Margarito will make two public appearances in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In the most important fight of his career, and what may be considered by many as a candidate for fight of the year, Juan Manuel Lopez retained his WBO featherweight title with a technical knockout over Rafael Marquez live on SHOWTIME® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. In the evening’s co-feature veteran boxer Glen Johnson earned the final spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals with a knockout win over Allan Green. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC
Unheralded Gilberto Keb Baas (34-20-4, 21 KOs) surprisingly defeated WBC light flyweight world champion Omar Nino (30-4-2, 12 KOs) by majority decision on Saturday night to claim the WBC 108lb belt at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Keb Baas floored Nino in rounds one and eight on the way to 116-110 and 115-111 margins on two cards. The third score was a bizarre 113-113. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Isaac Chilemba retained his IBO super-middleweight belt in a rather untidy and mauling affair against Tommy Oosthuizen when they fought to a 12 round draw at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Saturday night. Judge John Coyle (England) scored it 115-113 for Oosthuizen and Ace Makeluza (SA) had it 115-113 for Chilemba, whilst judge Deon Dwarte (SA) scored it a draw with a card of 114-114. (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Alex Dombroff at ringside
In an IBF and WBO jr welterweight eliminator, former two-division world champion Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs) won a split decision over previously unbeaten KO artist Lucas Matthysse (27-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. For the first nine rounds, it was a tactical battle with Judah concentrating on head shots while Matthysse focused on the body. That all changed in round ten when Matthysse dropped Judah with a hard shot to the head, and further punished Judah in rounds eleven and twelve. It wasn’t enough, however, as Judah prevailed 114-113, 114-113 on two cards while the third card was 114-113 for Matthysse.
In a lightweight clash, two-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Olympian Vicente Escobedo (22-3, 14 KOs). Guerrero dropped Escobedo in rounds three and six and went to on win 100-88, 98-90, and 96-92. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a war, WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (29-0, 26 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over former two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (39-6, 35 KOs) on Saturday nigfht at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Juanma sent Marquez staggering across the ring with a left hand in round three, but Marquez rocked Lopez in round four. Lopez was also deducted a point for a rabbit punch in the round by referee Tony Weeks. Lopez had the upper hand from round six on, although Marquez was still dangerous. Juanma really worked over Marquez in round eight and he didn’t come out for round nine citing an injured right shoulder.
Super Six newcomer Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) moved to the semi-final of SHOWTIME’s groundbreaking super middleweight tournament with an eighth round KO of Allan Green (29-3, 20 KOs). Johnson dropped Green for the count after staggering him in rounds three and six, although two officials had Green ahead on two cards entering the KO round. Time was :36. The 41-year-old Johnson gets three points for the KO win. (more…)
In an all-Irish clash for the vacant EBU (European) super bantamweight title, unbeaten Prizefighter Tournament winner Willie Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) halted Paul Hyland (18-2, 5 KOs) in round four on Saturday night at the University Arena in Limerick, Ireland. It was a non-stop firefight with Casey’s “big bangs” eventually breaking down Hyland prompting a referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:09.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Luis Garcia (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round TKO over two-time former world champion Byron Mitchell (28-7-1, 21 KOs) after Mitchell couldn’t continue due to an injury to his left eye.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
6’8, 250lb Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (22-0, 10 KOs) will not fight on the undercard of tonight’s Zab Judah-Lucas Matthysse show at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. “Kevin Burnett did not show up at the press conference and Friday’s mandatory weigh-in. As far as we know, there was a conflict between his new and old management and he just never arrived,” said Kathy Duva, Main Events president and co-promoter of the Prudential Center event. “We are very disappointed with this development,” stated Mariusz Kolodziej, Global Boxing president. “Mariusz was training for six weeks at Global Boxing Gym, was ready to showcase his talents in United States.”
Photos: Don de Guzman
Manny Pacquiao, who will go for a world title in an unprecedented eighth weight division next week, is already at the contract weight for his November 13 pay-per-view showdown with Antonio Margarito. Pacman scaled in at 150lbs yesterday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.
Although he appears fit and ready, Pacquiao told 60 Minutes’ Bob Simon, his main concern right now is politics – he also won election to the Congress of the Philippines last May – a distraction his trainer believes could be hurting his chances in the upcoming bout (Simon’s profile of Pacquiao will be broadcast on CBS’ “60 Minutes” news series on Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET/PT). When Simon brought up his political career, Pacquiao let him know that serving his fellow Filipinos is where his priorities lie now. “I already achieved my goals in boxing, my dreams in boxing,” says the 31-yr.old fighter. “What I want to achieve more is in public service…I want to be a champion there,” he tells Simon. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#15 Motoki Sasaki (35-8-1, 22 KOs), 139.25, barely kept his OPBF super-lightweight belt as he had a tough time in earlier rounds but landed a vicious left hook to drop Indonesian champ Geisler AP (5-1, 3 KOs), 139.75, for the count at 1:07 of the seventh round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
The 35-year-old Japanese veteran, making his initial defense since dethroning Filipino banger Randy Suico by a split duke here this July, put on a see-saw performance, though leading slightly on points. The muscular Indonesian, boasting of his unblemished amateur mark of 20-0, occasionally caught the shorter champ with big rights, but inexplicably failed to press follow it up only to be riding on a bicycle. The seventh witnessed Sasaki explode a devastating left hook to the cheek of the fading challenger, 26, who badly went down and paid no effort to raise himself up prior to Filipino referee Delbert Perigrino’s fatal ten. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Despite forfeiting the South African junior heavyweight on the scales former champion Thabiso Mchunu outpointed former SA light heavyweight champion Daniel Bruwer at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa on Friday night.
At the Friday weigh-in Thabiso from Kwa-Ximba, Pietermaritzburg weighed in at 89kg which was over the junior heavyweight limit of 86.15kg and forfeited his title. However, if Bruwer from Meyerton, Gauteng who was inside the limit had won the fight he could have claimed the title. (more…)
Photos: Rich Hundley III/SHOWTIME
On the eve of the win-or-go-home Group Stage 3 matchup between 168-pounders Allan Green and Glen Johnson in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME®, offensive-minded Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez TKOed James McGirt Jr. in hopes to send a message and become the division’s top prospect. In the co-feature bouts at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., Aaron Pryor Jr. won a unanimous decision over Dyah Davis and Marcus “Too Much” Johnson dominated Kevin Engel en route to a third-round TKO. (more…)
The full line-up has been set for the Dec. 3 card at Route 66 Casino, west of Albuquerque, N.M., promoted by Fresquez Productions. In the main event, Holly Holm (28-1-3, 8 KOs), of Albuquerque, will defend her IBA jr. welterweight title in a rematch against Ann Marie Saccurato (15-3-2, 6 KOs), of White Plains, N.Y. In the semi-main, an eight-round lightweight bout, Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (5-10-2, 1 KO) takes on Chevelle Hallback (27-6-2, 11 KOs), of Tampa, Fla. The undercard: Albuquerque jr. welterweight Josh “Pittbull” Torres (5-1-1, 3 KOs) rematches Kansas’ Joel Vargas (3-1-1, 2 KOs); Albuquerque light-heavyweight Christian Bruffy-Holmes (0-1) looks for his first win against Emmanuel Thompson, of Wichita, Ks., who makes his debut; and, in his pro debut, amateur standout from Espanola, Antonio “Tone” Martinez takes on Andres Galarza, of San Marcos, Texas, also debuting.
Weights by Jose Leon Castillo
From the Hard Rock of Albuquerque for tonight’s card promoted by Danny Romero Productions:
Mike Alderete 188 vs. Max Heyman 185.2
Randy Arrellin 139.2 vs. Lorenzo Estrada 141.8
Jose Ramirez 178.2 vs. Manuel Otero 188.6
Josh Gomez 141 vs. Colbert Lozoya 138
Natalie Roy 119.8 vs. Celistino Cano *
* Weighed in late
By Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao received a brand-new Toyota Landcruiser on Friday afternoon and $10,000 from Toyota-Glendale during a handover at the parking lot of the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. On hand to present Pacquiao the $80,000 SUV is Toyota-Glendale big boss Harlan Gittin, whose involvement in the agreement was made possible by Pacquiao’s Canadian consiglieri Mike Koncz. The cash donation would benefit Pacquiao’s foundation that was established in the Philippines aimed at uplifting the level of education and healthcare in the impoverished region of Mindanao.
Video: Joel Colon/PR Best Boxing
Photo: Jesse Kelley
Exciting super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) scored a ninth round stoppage of James McGirt Jr. (22-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota. Rodriguez was the aggressor the entire fight, forcing McGirt to keep his guard up trying to fend off Rodriguez’ relentless power shots. Referee Mark Nelson finally waved it off at 1:57 of the ninth after imploring McGirt to “show me something” between rounds.
The co-feature was a super middleweight clash between the sons of 80s boxing stars Aaron Pryor and Howard Davis Jr. with Aaron Pryor Jr. (15-2, 11 KOs) winning a clear eight round unanimous decision over Dyah Davis (18-2, 9 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 78-74.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Kevin “The Hitman” Engel (18-4, 15 KOs). Johnson dropped Engel twice in round three and referee Mark Nelson waved it off at the end of round three.
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vazquez / Promociones Miguel Cotto
Welterweight Jose Miguel Cotto (32-2, 24 KOs) punished late sub Chris “Shaka” Henry (22-21, 17 KOs) until the bout was stopped in round four on Friday night at the Coliseo Cosme Beitia Catano in Catano, Puerto Rico. The 5’6 younger brother of boxing superstar Miguel Cotto knocked down the six-foot tall journeyman Henry in round two and dominated the fight from start to end. Time of the stoppage was 1:19. Henry replaced Cotto’s original opponent Oscar Leon on short notice after leon was forced to withdraw from the fight because of visa issues.
In the co-feature, featherweight Jesus Rojas (16-1, 12 KOs) scored a second round knockdown against veteran Reynaldo Lopez (30-9, 22 KOs), but was forced to go the full scheduled six to take a split decision. The 36-year-old Lopez was clearly the fresher at the end. Scores were 59-54, 59-54 Rojas, 57-56 Lopez. more + photos
Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (27-3-1, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over journeyman Eduardo Ayala (17-34-4, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Royal Hotel in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The one-sided affair was waved off despite the protests of Ayala.
WBC #1 light flyweight Adrian “El Confesor” Hernandez (20-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a third round KO over former world title challenger Erick Ramirez (27-9-1, 20 KOs).
Full Report: Although the WBC’s 48th annual convention in Cancun is officially over, there is still some boxing business to be dealt with on Friday night at the Royal Hotel ballroom. Mexican Promoter Salvador Briman and OPI 2000’s Salvatore and Christian Cherchi copromoted the show co-headlined by former WBC Cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni against Mexican Eduardo Ayala, scheduled for ten rounds and NABF Light Fly champ and WBC #1 rated Adrian Hernandez against former two-time title challenger Erik Ramirez, also scheduled for ten. more + photos
By Dennis Principe
WBO #1 flyweight Brian Viloria proved there’s still a lot of energy left in his tank via his latest fight. The same can be said with the former two-time world champion’s left hand which he used in annihilating Thai challenger Liempetch Sor Veerapol Friday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Two shows in Washington DC area Saturday. Here are the weights for the cards at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, Maryland and the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virgina:
The Waldorf card:
John Mackey 160 vs. George Rivera 158
Alexander Johnson 175 vs. Andre Espeut 177
Tori Nelson 150 vs. Rachel Clark 151.5
Abodurin Akinyanju 283.5 vs. Kevin Howard 269.5
Lenwood Dozier 145 vs. Mike Denby 144
Charlemegne Jones 215 vs. Jiuseppe Cusimano 222
Thomas Williams 173.5 vs. Dan Shull 173.5
The Fairfax card:
Jimmy Lange 154 vs. Joe Wyatt 151
William Joppy 169 vs. Cory Cummings 167
Todd Wilson 141 vs. Corey Goodwin 141
Perry Ballard 153 vs. Booker Mullins 151
Jonathan Reid 162 vs. Mike McFail 165
Zain Shah 159 vs. Omar Sims 163
Brandon Quarles 155 vs. Lawrence Jones 155
Tony Weeks will be the third man in the ring when WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez takes on Rafael Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Judges will be Raul Caiz, Sr., Duane Ford and Dave Moretti.
The referee for the Super Six clash between Glen Johnson and Allan Green will be Robert Byrd. Scoring the bout will be Jerry Roth, Dick Houck and Burt Clements.
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