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By Robert Coster
Photo: Leopoldo Gonzalez
Unbeaten and four months shy of his 20th birthday, bantamweight Tomoki Kameda (18-0, 12 KOs) is one young boxer who undeniably stands out. Tomoki is the only Japanese fighter who makes his career in Mexico and so identifies with his adopted nation that he is nicknamed “El Mexicanito.” Then, there are Tomoki’s two brothers, Koki and Daiki, who have won world titles: Koki is the present WBA flyweight champion while Daiki was the WBC 112 lbs champion until he recently gave up that crown. “I want to make boxing history by also winning a world title–three brothers, three world champions,” says the brash Tomoki who also adds that he plans to be “the greatest of the Kameda brothers.” (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has agreed terms to fight IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko on either June 25 or July 2 at a venue in Germany. The consensus top two heavyweights in the world finally struck a deal and signed contracts on Friday evening, setting the wheels in motion on the biggest boxing event of 2011. After years of negotiating and posturing, Haye and Klitschko are now set to officially collide in the most important heavyweight showdown for nearly a decade and, in doing so, will unify four of the recognised world heavyweight belts. (more…)
Dear Honorable Governor Cuomo:
Many boxers come from the most difficult of backgrounds. They have struggled and worked to try and make a better life for themselves. It isn’t a sport that someone can pursue successfully without total dedication. As President of the NABF, a former amateur boxer and a decorated Police Officer, I know this first hand.
To remove the position of NYS Athletic Commissioner, and more-so, to risk removing Melvina Lathan, a woman whose family has a long association with the sport, would be a terrible mistake. This is a job that takes complete focus and an inside appreciation of the sport. Melvina was a judge. Her husband is a respected ringside physician. Melvina has reestablished INTEGRITY to the NYSAC which had been sorely missing for many years. Further more, as the first African American person to serve as NYS Athletic Chair, she is an icon. The boxers who engage in the arena deserve as much.
If you make this a Per Diem job, that’s all it will be, a job. We need more. Don’t deliver the knock-out punch that would hurt all boxers. The consequences could be deadly.
Joseph Dwyer, NABF President
It’s official. As previously announced on Fightnews, WBO super flyweight champion Omar “El Huracán” Narváez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina will defend his title against César “Junito” Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The bout will take place April 15th at the Polideportivo Municipal in the city of Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
By Rocco Morales and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
In a clash for the vacant WBC super welterweight title, #1 rated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (41-5-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The heavy-handed 20-year-old punished the very game but outgunned Hatton the whole fight, but couldn’t stop the scrappy brother of Ricky Hatton. Alvarez was deducted a point for a low blow in round seven. All three judges scored it 119-108. Click here for more photos…
Unbeaten Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (13-0, 9 KOs) of Argentina won his biggest fight to date by defeating countryman and former wrold title challenger Ruben Eduardo Acosta (24-6-5, 8 KOs) by 10 round unanimous decision. The official scores were 98-96.5, 98-93, and 99-93.5. The main event bout was competively fought but Maderna clearly won. Maderna is extremely tall for a super middleweight standing at least 6’3 and showed he can fight inside and out. Acosta was a serious test for Maderna having only lost to world title winners. Maderna at 24 appears to definitley have a bright future. The bout took place at the Club Platense, La Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mario Margossian promoted the event.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
Former two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) claimed the vacant IBF junior welterweight championship with an impressive seventh round TKO over over Kaizer Mabuza (23-8-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Now working with former champion Pernell Whitaker, Zudah put on a very “Sweet Pea”esque performance displaying outstanding speed and defensive skills for the first six rounds, then exploded in the seventh to put Mabuza out on his feet and get the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was :59. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (56-7-2, 32 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Fidel Monterrosa (25-3, 19 KOs) in a non-title on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The fight was a rematch of Soto’s hard fought decision win over Monterrosa in last September. This time Soto dropped Monterrosa in round one and was in mostly in command. Monterrosa was deducted a point in round eight for hitting Soto low. Scores were 98-92, 100-90, 100-88.
In other fights, former IBF super flyweight world champion Alberto “Topo” Rosas (33-6, 26 KOs) defeated Jesus “Taquerito” Vazquez (24-6-1, 17 KOs) via ten round decision in a hotly contested rematch. Click here for more results and photos…
By Rocco Morales and Francisco Salazar at ringside
In opening action, a scheduled eight round super middleweight bout, James Kirkland made a victorious return to the ring and wasted no time in unleashing a barrage of punches that sent the overmatched Ashandi Gibbs to the canvas for the 10 count At 0:34 of round one, the referee counted out Gibbs. With the victory, Kirkland improves to 26-0, 23 KOs while Gibbs falls to 10-3, 4 KOs).
In a scheduled 10 round super middleweight bout, once defeated contender Daniel Jacobs swarmed Robert Kliewer, pinning him against the ropes in the opening minute of the round before landing a hard right cross that dropped him hard to the canvas. Kliewer rose but not for long as Jacobs again pinned him on the ropes and landed an even harder right cross that dropped Kliewer for good. Referee, Ray Corona, immediately waved off the bout. Time of the stoppage was 1:44 of round one. Jacobs improves to 22-1, 19KOs while Kliewer drops to 11-13-2, 5 KOs.
In the semi main event, a ten-rounder for the vacant WBO inter-continental junior lightweight title, Adrien Broner scored his biggest win to date with a close unanimous decision victory over Daniel Ponce De Leon. By scores of 96-94, 96-94 and 99-91, Broner emerges victorious and stays undefeated at 20-0 with 16 KOs, joining Juan Manuel Lopez and Celestino Caballero as the only ones to defeat the 44-fight former champion, De Leon. With the hard fought loss, De Leon drops to 41-3, 34 KOs and may have better luck in the featherweight division.
Photos: Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolska
WBA #4/WBC #6/IBF #6/WBO #11 cruiserweight Pawel Kolodziej (29-0, 16 KOs) prevailed over twelve rounds against Felix Cora Jr 22-5-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hala MOSiR in Krynica Zdroj, Poland. Cora was the agressor and Kolodziej was content to stay on the outside and work for a points win. Scores 118-110, 116-112, 118-110, all for Kolodziej.
“Felix Cora fought a very smart fight and was without the doubt one of the best fighters I have to fight,” said Kołodziej, who became a WBA International titleholder. “Every fight is a lesson for me. I know this one will make me better in the future fights,” added the 30-year-old fighter.
IBF #5 welterweight Rafal Jackiewicz (38-9-1, 19 KOs) scored a quick two round destruction of Tarik Sahibeddine (12-8, 2 KOs). Jackiewicz forced Sahibeddine to take a knee from a body punch in round two then dropped him again for the count with a right to the jaw.
WBC #2/WBA #5/IBF #5 light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki (36-1, 24 KOs) outpointed Juan Nelongo (21-12-1, 9 KOs) in a six rounder. For more details and photos click here…
Former world title challenger Ivan Pozo (32-6-1, 20 KOs) successfully defended his WBC Mundo Hispano bantamweight title winning a clear twelve round decision on points against former world champion Adonis Rivas (22-13-3, 10 KOs) on Friday night in Porriño, Galicia, Spain. Pozo is expecting to be named mandatory challenger for the Euro bantamweight belt in a short time.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten bantam prospects encountered before a packed-house crowd at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday. WBA#3/WBC#9 Shinsuke Yamanaka (14-0-2, 10 KOs), 118, impressively kept his national bantam belt as he registered his eighth consecutive stoppage by halting previously unbeaten Ryosuke Iwasa (8-1, 6 KOs), a sensational ex-national high school champ, at 1:28 of the tenth and final session. (more…)
British super featherweight Gary Sykes (18-1, 4 KOs) retained his belt via twelve round unanimous decision over Carl Johanneson (30-5, 19 KOs) at the Leisure Centre in Huddersfield, England. Johanneson had his chance in round nine when he dropped Sykes with a right hand, but Sykes survived Johanneson’s attempt to finish him and went onto a 116-112, 115-112, 115-113 win.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC #9 featherweight Rafael Guzman (28-2, 20 KOs) is ready for a world title shot after scoring a a third round TKO over Mexican compatriot Jorge Ibarra (10-6-1, 4 KOs) in Friday night’s headliner at the Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. From the beginning of the fight, “Chocho’s” superiority was evident as he floored Ibarra at the end of round two and battered him in the following round prompting a referee’s stoppage. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Onesongchai Boxing Promotion
WBC #2 featherweight Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (37-0,21KOs) successfully kept his WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) 126lb title when he defeated PBF champion TI Yamagata Aguelo (14-4-1,8KOs) on Friday at Nongpralae Park in Lablae, Utraradith, Thailand. The source reported that experienced Thai fighter mostly controlled the show with his superior skills, almost dropping his foe many times in round 5,7 and 8, before he easily scored a 119-109,118-110,118-110 unanimous decision. After the bout, Chonlatarn’s promoter announced that her boy is scheduled to risk against WBC#6 Justin Savi for the WBC final elimination bout on June 4 in Bangkok. more + photos
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded and unranked by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), Kyoichiro Shoji (8-2-4, 3 KOs), 147.75, amazingly scored an upset decision (80-73, 79-73 and 79-74) over OPBF top welterweight contender Dennis Padua (8-2-2, 4 KOs), 145.5, an elongated six-footer from the Philippines, over eight hot rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Shoji, a 33-year-old late bloomer handled by formerly two-time world champ Hideki Todaka, outhustled and outpunched the much taller Filipino in later rounds to cause an upset result. Padua, who had an experience in fighting Muaythai games in Thailand, was introduced as Padua D. Singwangcha named after the Thai sponsor. Promoter: Todaka Promotions.
IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has to cancel his title defense against British and Commonwealth titleholder Dereck Chisora. The bout was supposed to take place on April 30 in the SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany. The reason is the not yet fully healed injury Klitschko suffered last December. Originally the fight against Chisora was scheduled for December 11, 2010. A few days before the bout, three-time champion Klitschko suffered a torn abdominal muscle. After cancelling the fight, it was rescheduled for April 30, 2011. Since the recovery process is not yet in a stage that Klitschko can start training again, the fight has to be called off again.
Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, the doctor in charge, is of the opinion that an intensive training period in preparation for a fight in April cannot be realized. “Considering the current clinical picture, it is difficult to predict a precise time of rehabilitation. The start of a training camp at this time for a fight in April would be too much of a high risk,” explains Müller-Wohlfahrt.
Wladimir Klitschko: “I am very sorry about cancelling the fight – especially for all fans in the already sold-out SAP arena in Mannheim. I have already fought there three times, 2006 I became World Champion in this arena. However, I am optimistic that soon we’ll have an event in Mannheim.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Friday night at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Cuban southpaw Giorbis Barthelemy (25-8-2, 10KO’s) shocked the near capacity crowd with completely unexpected second round knockout of USBA title holder Derek “Pooh” Ennis (23-3-1, 13KO’s) in the main event of the evening. The entertaining eight bout card promoted by Diane Fischer’s DeeLee Promotions, titled “The Next Generation showcased relatives of legendary fighters including Isiah Seldon (the son of Bruce Seldon) who scored a convincing third round knockout of Juan Zapata.
The main event was originally scheduled to be a USBA title defense for the ninth ranked IBF junior middleweight Derek “Pooh Ennis against Deandre Latimore, but it was scratched due to of the challenger having flue like symptoms. In stepped Cuban southpaw Giorbis Barthelemy in a ten round non title bout. Barthelemy was considered to be a runner who had tested top prospects such as, Kofi Jantuah, Willie Gibbs and Enrique Ornelas. It figured to be a nice test for Ennis. However things don’t always end as expected. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Kostya Tszyu talks about the IBF Pension Fund and why it is a very good thing for boxers.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC female flyweight world champions, Simona Galassi of Italy and interim champion Mariana Juarez of Mexico both made the mandatory seven-day weight in advance of their showdown next Saturday. Galassi scaled in at 114.84 while Juarez was 115.72, both far below the WBC’s ceiling of 117.75. By Friday’s weigh-in both have to be not more than 112 pounds. (more…)
Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen
Captured above is the final punch of Piotr Wilczewski in the eleventh round that finished Amin Asikainen in their European super middleweight title clash on Friday night at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. To see a giant photo gallery (and we do mean giant) of the fight, click here.
An enthusiastic crowd packed Cordon Bleu Catering Hall in the Woodhaven section of Queens, New York and they were treated to a night of entertaining boxing that was promoted by New Legend Boxing Promotions. In the main event, featherweight Juan Dominguez (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a third round stoppage over Gabriel Gomez (4-1) in a battle of undefeated fighters that was scheduled for six rounds. Dominguez dropped Gomez in round one with a hard right hand. Dominguez equaled that in round three by scoring a second knockdown in round three. Later in the round Dominguez dropped Gomez with a right to the top of the head and that’s when the fight was waved off at 2:05 of round three. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In the main event, a 12 round light heavyweight bout for the USBA lightweight title and an IBF title eliminator, IBF ranked #7 contender, Yusaf Mack, outworked #6 IBF ranked contender, Otis Griffin to earn a split decision victory. It was a tactical fight for most of the way but midway through the 12th round, Mack caught Griffin flush with a left hook to drop him and hurt him badly. Griffin would rise but would go into survival mode, further punctuating Mack’s victory.
By scores of 119-108, 113-114, 116-111, Mack wins the USBA lightweight title, earns the right to face IBF champion, Tavoris Cloud and raises his record to 29-3-2. Meanwhile, the 33 year old Griffin sets a major setback with the loss and drops to 23-7-2 (9KO). The 113-114 score was a travesty and FightNews concurred with the 119-108 score in favor of Mack.
Promoters were for the event were Bash Boxing and Art Of Boxing and the venue was the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills. A capacity crowd was treated to a marathon like fight card that included two exhibition female fights, followed by the eight pro fights, but with superb matchmaking in which each and every fight was a good one. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
NABA super-featherweight champion Arash Usmanee (11-0 6KO) scored a pair of 5th round knockdowns causing a game but overmatched Isaac Bejarano’s (9-10-1 7KO) corner to throw in the towel at 1:40 mark at Club Metropolis in Montreal Friday night. The Usmanee fight was one of two boxing matches on an MMA dominated card featuring promoter and sometime boxer Ali Nestor putting on the small gloves in the main event of the evening. (more…)
Since 2004, the only man to beat former flyweight world champion Eric Morel (43-2, 21 KOs) is another former World Champion, Martin “El Gallito” Castillo (35-4, 18 KOs). On April 1, at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, “Little Hands of Steel” gets his shot at revenge in a Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle. Also appearing will be undefeated local favorite Randy Caballero (8-0, 4 KOs). Both fights will be televised on Telefutura.
Former U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo (23-3, 14 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Walter Estrada (38-14-1, 25 KOs) in a lightweight clash on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The IBF #6 rated Escobedo dropped Estrada in round seven en roue to a 97-92, 97-92, 96-93 win.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Randy Caballero (8-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Hugo Ramos (3-8-2, 1 KO) over six one-sided rounds.
Sharif Bogere KO1 Shamir Reyes (lightweight)
Mikael Zewski TKO3 Gerardo Prieto (middleweight)
Michael Finney KO5 Joshua Beeman (welterweight)
Diego Madrigal D4 Juan Sandoval (featherweight)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Ray Bailey
In a shocker, unheralded junior middleweight Giorbis Barthelemy (25-8-2, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over reigning USBA titleholder Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis (22-3-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night in the headliner of the inaugural boxing event the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Barthelemy wobbled Ennis in round one and later dropped him in the same round. In round two, Barthelemy staggered Ennis again and battered him on the ropes forcing a stoppage by referee Steve Smoger. Time was 1:50.
In other action on the card billed as “The Next Generation,” featherweight Joey Tiberi (3-1, 3 KOs) son of former world title challenger Dave Tiberi, and super middleweight Isiah
Seldon (4-0, 2 KOs) son of former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, both won by KO. A bout featuring George “Monk” Foreman fell through.
In a clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, WBC #8 rated Ismayl Sillakh (15-0, 12 KOs) 2004 Cuban Olympian Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs) at the Jostens Center in Orlando, Florida. NABF titleholder Sillakh dropped Despaigne with a right hand at the end of round two and continued to control the action for the rest of the fight, winning 98-91, 98-91, 99-90.
In a welterweight clash, “Sugar” Ray Narh (25-1, 21 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over 40-year-old former two-time featherweight champion Freddie Norwood (41-4-1, 23 KOs). Scores were 99-89, 100-88, 100-88. Norwood was deducted two points for an intentional punch behind the head in round nine.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC#28 superfly Yodchanchai Nakornluang (reportedly 7-2, 6 KOs) successfully captured the vacant ABCO bantam title as he scored a second round TKO over ABCO#3 Edwin Tumbaga (reportedly 11-17-5, 6 KOs) on Thursday at Prasamutjaedee in Samutprakan, Thailand. Filipino Tumbaga started well when he landed a big right cross which almost dropped the local fighter at the early of the opening round but after that Yodchanchai speeded his aggression, getting closer to his opponent and weakening his foe with vicious bodyshots. The show rapidly ended in round two when the Thai fighter speeded his assault which rendered the Filipino refusing to continue, appealing for low blow to the referee. This was unfruitful as the referee considered there was no foul and displayed an eight-count to the Filipino. Then, Yodchanchai displayed one-sided attack again, forcing the referee to stop the bout at 1:31 of round two. (more…)
Photos: Eva Asdou
World ranked welterweight “Sugar” Jackson Osei Bonsu (34-5, 25 KOs) of Belgium unanimously decisioned Jose Del Rio (11-2, 4 KOs) of Spain tonight. The bout took place at the Sporthal Arena, Deurne, in Antwerpen, Belgium. The official judges scorecards were 97-92 twice and 98-91. Click here for more photos…
Fightnews feature writer David E. Finger was just appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez as Magistrate Judge for Northern Lea County, New Mexico this week. Finger, who has been writing for Fightnews for over ten years, graduated from The University of Denver School of Law in 2006. Finger is the author of the bestselling book “Rocky Lives”, and has been a feature correspondent for Fightnews in the states of Michigan, Colorado, California and Texas over the years. He has been an assistant district attorney in the 5th Judicial District since 2008 and in 2009 was a finalist for the vacant California Athletic Commission Executive Officer position.
“I’m excited about this opportunity and look forward to continuing my service to the people of Lea County New Mexico,” commented Finger. He is set to be sworn in on March 17th in Lovington, New Mexico.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Update: Alvarez came back and weighed 151.4.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez weighed in at 151.8 pounds for his 154lb WBC world title match against Matthew Hatton on Saturday. Unfortunately for Alvarez, the bout against welterweight Hatton is being being fought at a 150lb catch weight (four pounds under the division limit), so he needs to drop 1.8 pounds. Hatton weighed 149.6 pounds. The Hatton camp had previously threatened to pull out if Alvarez didn’t make the weight, however the more likely scenario is he would settle for 10% of Alvarez’ purse ($35,000) in the event Canelo can’t drop the weight. Canelo would also be fined an additional 10% of his purse by the California Commission. Click here for more photos…
Photo: Boricua Boxing
Zab “Super” Judah 138 vs. Kaizer Mabuza 139
(IBF junior welterweight championship)
Tarvis Simms 158 vs. John Mackey 158
Jose Peralta 146 vs. Clifford McPherson 147.5
Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Promoter: Main Events
Note: Sadam Ali’s co-feature fight against Juliano Ramos has fallen through.
Vicente Escobedo 132.4 vs. Walter Estrada 133
Sharif Bogere 137 vs. Shamir Reyes 140.4
Mikael Zewski 152.8 vs. Gerardo Cesar Prieto 158
Michael Finney 146.8 vs. Josh Beeman 147
Randy Caballero 120.2 vs. Hugo Ramos 121.4
Diego Madrigal 123 vs. Juan Sandoval 125.6
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Report by Brady Crytzer
In Thursday night’s main event at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY, Diego Sanchez worked through two swollen eyes and a bleeding mouth to defeat Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann via unanimous decision in an exciting welterweight bout.
With both fighters seeking a sense of direction in the respective careers, Sanchez and Kampmann knew that a win on Thursday may not grant them a title shot, but it would put them back in the running for a contenders fight. Sanchez had made a career being known as “The Nightmare,” but Thursday night he officially changed his nickname to “The Dream” – it was anything but that for the former lightweight title challenger. (more…)
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