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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
Mariana Juare 111.9 vs Anastasia Toktaulova 109.10
(WBC female flyweight world title – 10 rounds)
Venue: Arena Mexico
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I have one rule in life – I fight only when they pay me to do it,” said Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KO) when meeting with exciting Polish heavyweight Artur Szpilka (9-0, 7 KO) in Warsaw, Poland. Szpilka is also known for some out-of-the-ring not fully sanctioned activities. “Del Boy” must have forgotten his own rule when he added David Haye the tussle to his Vitali Klitschko fight, but this time it was just words, no punches between Chisora and Szpilka. “Both of them will most likely see each other in our the training camp in Warsaw, late March,” said Andrew Wasilewski, Szpilka promoter. Hopefully, after recent Szpilka declarations what would happen to Chisora if he tried spit in his face or slap him like he did to Klitschko brothers, cameras will be rolling…
At the scales for UFC 144, which is headlined by the UFC lightweight championship bout between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson and the light heavyweight bout between “Rampage” Jackson and Ryan Bader, airing live on Pay-Per-View from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FX for four televised prelims at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the opening prelim bout at 7:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm PT. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
MAIN EVENT – UFC Lightweight Championship
Benson Henderson (154) VS Frankie Edgar (154)
Ryan Bader (205) VS Quinton Jackson (211*)
Cheick Kongo (229) VS Mark Hunt (264)
Jake Shields (170) VS Yoshihiro Akiyama (169)
Tim Boetsch (186) VS Yushin Okami (185)
Bart Palaszewski (146) vs Hatsu Hioki (145)
Joe Lauzon (156) VS Anthony Pettis (155)
Eiji Mitsuoka (154) VS Takanori Gomi (155)
Vaughan Lee (135) vs Kid Yamamoto (136)
Steve Cantwell (185) VS Riki Fukuda (185)
Chris Cariaso (136) vs Takeya Mizugaki (135)
Issei Tamura (145) VS Tiequan Zhang (146)
. . . .
For more info on the UFC or UFC 144, visit www.UFC.com
By Francisco Salazar
Jose Aguiniga 139* vs. Juan Ruiz 132
David Rodela 134 vs. Baudel Cardenas 134.5
Hugo Centeno 152 vs. Octavio Narvaez 154**
Rogelio Romo 167 vs. Thomas Turner 166
Robert Ortiz 132 vs. Manuel Del Cid 135***
Indian Banuelos 121.5 vs. Jose Garcia 122
Steven Rodriguez 132.5 vs. Edgar Flores 132.5
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Unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (18-0, 9 KOs) won a highly charged ten round unanimous decision over Lanardo Tyner (25-7-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Vargas did more to win by scores of 99-91 on all cards. Both fighters were on the deck from damaging low blows in round four.
Junior middleweight DeAndre Latimore (22-3, 17 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in 10 months to survive a late rally by Milton Nunez (23-3-1, 21 KOs) and win a ten round majority decision. Nunez, who stepped in on short notice to replace Ryan Davis who failed his medical exam, dropped Latimore in both rounds nine and ten, but it wasn’t enough as Latimore prevailed by scores of 94-94, 96-92, 95-94. Both knockdowns were questionable. (more…)
Photos: Bob Barton
Marcos Maidana 146.75 vs. Devon Alexander 146.5
Adrien Broner 130 vs. Eloy Perez 130
(WBO super featherweight championship)
Sharif Bogere 137.5 vs. Sergio Rivera 137
Eddie Gomez 154 vs. David Lopez 152.5
Deontay Wilder 219 vs. Marlon Hayes 215.5
Keith Thurman 147 vs. Christopher Fernandez 147.5
Christopher Pearson 155 vs. Jeremy Wood 155.75
Tyrone Chatman 148 vs. Marlon Smith 150
Jose Ponce 198 vs. Johnathan Brown 215
Venue: Scottrade Center, St Louis, Missouri
Promoter: Golden Boy
Superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather is 35 this Friday. The undefeated Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) – a seven-time world champion in five weight divisions – remains boxing’s biggest attraction, wowing crowds and generating record pay-per-view numbers each time he steps into the ring. During his extraordinary career, he has amassed wins over world champions such as Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley and – in his last fight – he captured the WBC welterweight title from then-champion Victor Ortiz!
Mayweather returns to the ring May 5th as he steps up in weight to challenge three-division world champion Miguel Cotto for his WBA super welterweight world title in what will be a gargantuan showdown between two future Hall of Famers.
FightNews wishes you a Happy Birthday Floyd!
Nearly two-and-a-half months after jumpstarting his career by destroying ex-world champion Alex “Nene” Sanchez by TKO, Glenn Donaire, under the guidance of his father Nonito Donaire Sr. steps back into the ring on March 16th in Mexico City, Mexico taking on Omar “Lobito” Soto, defending his WBC regional title he earned on December 9th. Prior to his 2011 return, Glenn was forced to take a hiatus from boxing when his mother lost her job, and it created financial constraints, not being able to survive on his father’s wages. Glenn took a job as a delivery truck driver working over 70 hours a week forcing boxing to become secondary. Now training out of the Kennel Boxing Gym in San Leandro, California, Glenn is determined to carve out his own legacy and reward his father for the unconditional time he has dedicated to him. “I’m focused and ready, me and my father are doing our part and my promoter Tuto Zabala is doing his, so therefore I should get a title shot this year,” says Donaire. The Donaire vs Soto bout will be televised LIVE on Telemundo network 11:35pm ET
Photos: Chris Toney
Allen Conyers 147.2 vs. Ronald Cruz 146.6
Garrett Wilson 197.6 vs. Pedro Martinez 199.4
Rafael Montalvo 145.2 vs. DeCarlo Perez 148.2
Jeff Lentz 149.6 vs. David Navarro 148.2
Charles Kirby 163 vs. Antowyan Aikens 164
Korey Pritchett 139.2 vs. Korey Sloane 140.4
Miguel Corcino 146.8 vs. Luis Cream 145.4
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
First fight: 7.30pm
Tickets: $50 @ $75 on sale at peltzboxing.com and ticketmaster.com
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Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Aarón Herrera 139.5 vs Joksan Hernández 139.3
Misael Castillo 137.8 vs Luis Arceo 137.8
Alonso López 114.6 vs Iván Galicia 116
Julio Yedras 108 bs vs David Ramírez 108.2 lbs
Luis Ruiz 115.5 lb vs Alfonso Millan 117 lbs
Venue: Centro de Convenciones Siglo XX1
Promoter: Zanfer ando Maxboxing Mario Abraham
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Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. gets ready to co-host ESPN Friday Night Fights with Bernado Osuna at the ESPN studios in Bristol,Conn. for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View.
Promoter Mick Hennessy announced that #6 heavyweight contender Tyson Fury will face Martin Rogan at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland on April 14th. “I’m absolutely proud and delighted to say that we have got a massive fight, Tyson Fury in a long awaited fight versus Martin Rogan,” said Hennessy.
Rogan: “I’m a great heavyweight, I’ve proved that by beating Matt Skelton, the undefeated and un-knocked out guy, I beat Audley Harrison, so I got the pedigree to do the business on the 14 April and that’s what I intend to do.”
Fury: “All I can say in prediction is this is going to be a great fight, there is going to be plenty of action and Martin Rogan always comes to fight as does Tyson Fury. And you are going to see two true warriors in the ring come April 14, in a fighting country as well.”
Two months into 2012, and there are already some mouth-watering UFC championship fights on tap. In April, light heavyweight king Jon Jones will defend his crown against No.1 contender and bitter rival Rashad Evans, in May heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is expected to collide with the fearsome Alistair Overeem. An announcement regarding Anderson Silva’s 185 lbs title rematch with nemesis Chael Sonnen is coming shortly and in July Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will once again clash for the bantamweight belt. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Playing a home game feels great to a team. That team plays on a familiar field or in front of a supporting crowd, which means a great deal to that team. The same could be said for boxers, who feel the energy of their family or friends from the time they walk to the ring until there is raised in victory. My competitive days of playing baseball, soccer, and boxing are over, but I still yearn for a “home game” of sorts since I spend so many years covering boxing in the Los Angeles-area, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and the desert. Yes, as some of you know, I even drive or fly to Vegas as well.
So, I was ecstatic that I will drive about 20 minutes from my house to cover a fight card at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme on Saturday night. (more…)
Photo: Photo Wende
Alexander Povetkin 229 vs. Marco Huck 209
(WBA heavyweight championship)
Dominik Britsch 159.5 vs. Roberto Santos 158.75
(EU middleweight title)
Jack Culcay 155.5 vs. Salvatore Annunziata ??
Edmund Gerber 235 vs. Oleksiy Mazikin 254
Marcos Nader 159 vs. Baker Barakat 160
Robert Woge 174.75 vs. Roberto Cocco 174.25
Venue: Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
Super Seven Fights From The Saitama Super Arena Live Tomorrow Night: There will be a new dawn for the UFC in the Land of the Rising Sun this Saturday night, as UFC 144: EDGAR vs HENDERSON emanates from Tokyo, Japan in a special four-hour, seven-fight Pay-Per-View event. Seven world combat sport champions will be throwing down: defending UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar takes on former MMA champion Benson Henderson, former UFC/PRIDE king Rampage Jackson matches with TUF champ Ryan Bader, cultures collide when judo champion Yoshihiro Akiyama takes on two-time MMA title-winner Jake Shields and former WEC kingpin Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon go at it in a crucial lightweight fight. 14 fighters, four hours, seven super fights! UFC 144 live tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV
See The Prelim Action Tomorrow Night On FX and Facebook: Watch the first fight of the night on Facebook starting at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT, followed by the rest of the prelims live on FX at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
Watch The UFC 144 Weigh-In Live Tonight on UFC.com: Fighters hit the scales at approximately 11pm ET / 8pm PT
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For more info on the UFC or UFC 144, visit www.UFC.com
The World Boxing Council ratified unanimously the implementation of the partialopen scoring rule to be used in WBC-sanctioned bouts. The rule allows the announcement of the official scoring of the judges after the 4th and 8th rounds. The WBC has used open scoring for 6 years all around the world. The results have been extremely positive without a single incident that would have compromised the integrity of the sport or the bout. To the contrary, the use of the rule has provided the fans at the arena and TV spectators great drama in the last 4 rounds. Moreimportantly, the use of open scoring has given both fighters the fair opportunity to adjust their strategy during the fight.
The boxing community in general, but especially the fighters and trainers who have experienced the open scoring rule, are overwhelmingly in favor of its use. (more…)
For more info on the UFC or UFC 144, visit www.UFC.com
By Ron Jackson
Ayanda Yaphi and Xolisana Ndongeni meet for the vacant Eastern Cape junior lightweight title in East London on Sunday afternoon. Yaphi has a reported record of 9-2-1, including six knockouts. Ndongeni’s reported record stands at 5-0, 3 KOs. Yaphi, who is ranked #5 by Boxing SA, was stopped in his most recent fight, in July last year, when he challenged Godfrey Nzimande for the SA junior lightweight title. Ndongeni is listed at #8 in Boxing SA’s January ratings. East London is often punted as the boxing capital of South Africa and tournaments in the city are usually well attended. And because the Eastern Cape regularly produces some of the best fighters in the country, the action will be well worth watching, thanks to SuperSport’s commitment to SA boxing. The tournament is presented by Mzi Mnguni, of Eyethu Promotions.
By Ron Jackson
Rodney Berman has once again proved that he is the outstanding boxing promoter in South Africa and possibly the greatest of all time with his latest innovation the “Last Man Standing Super 8” tournament for cruiserweights, with the first round taking place at Emperors Palace on June 16. The seedings for the first round were announced at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park at a press conference on Thursday.
In the first round Zack Mwekassa from the DRC who is now based in South Africa and trained by Harold Volbrect takes on Daniel Allotey from Ghana. Mwekassa is the favourite to win the tournament. (more…)
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