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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former two-time world title challenger Hermann Ngoudjo suffered more than just a defeat at the hands of Julio Diaz in Primm Nevada Friday night; the super-lightweight contender suffered both a broken jaw and broken orbital bone that required medical attention following the fight. “He didn’t complain at all during the fight and we’re not quite sure when it happened,” said trainer Marc Ramsay who saw his fighter go down to Diaz by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 99-91 on the scorecards. “It was only a half-hour after the fight that he started mentioning the pain and we had him checked out. The jaw is not that bad but the orbital is the more serious of the two.” It is possible that the fateful blow was delivered in the 9th, a left hand that sent Ngoudjo back into the ropes and had him hanging on for the only time in the fight. (more…)
In the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz easily outpointed Herman Ngoudjo and took home a unanimous decision victory in their ten-round junior welterweight bout at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev.
The former champion, who has fought the likes of Juan Diaz and Jose Luis Castillo, proved that he still has some fight left in him after losing both of his 2009 fights against Victor Cayo and Rolando Reyes . . . click here for more
Entering the Boxing Writers Association of America annual writing contest (a.k.a. the “Barneys) for the first time, Fightnews.com received an honorable mention. In event coverage, writer/photographer Chris Cozzone picked up the honors with “Run, Rabbit, Run” – coverage of Holly Holm vs. Victoria Cisneros, held at Isleta in Albuquerque, N.M. (Click here)
Veteran Associated Press writer Tim Dahlberg took top honors; he was the only winner of two first places as well as the only person to place among the top three in three of the six categories. (more…)
The bitter rivalry between former UFC® light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans can no longer be contained inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. UFC officials announced today that on the heels of a sold out UFC 114, a closed circuit viewing event has been added at the MGM Grand Conference Center to give fans the opportunity to witness one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBO junior middleweight champ Sergiy Dzinziruk made the fifth defense of his title look easy with a dominating 10th round TKO of previously once-beaten challenger Daniel Dawson in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday night on SHOWTIME from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. “My plan was to use the jab to make him tired and then go to the other punches,” Dzinziruk said. “We saw some tapes of him and knew the early rounds would be tough. Our plan was to apply more pressure in the later rounds and finish him. We’d had a long layoff and we wanted to take it easy in the beginning.” For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based Nigerian welterweight Oywale Omotoso (17-0, 15 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round knockout over former 2008 world WBF junior middleweight champion Kiatchai Singwancha (29-8, 19 KOs) on Friday at the Knox Netball Center, Ferntree Gully in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Singwancha boxed skillfully in round one to avoid the power shots of Omotoso but in round four a right hand bomb dropped the Thai boxer and referee Tony Marretta crowned Omotoso at 0.35. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Macbute Sinyabi had to come back from a knockdown in the second round before he stopped gutsy challenger Themba Lesiba in the sixth to retain his South African junior featherweight title at the Nasrec Expo Centre near Johannesburg on Friday night. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In a very one-sided bout, unbeaten WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 24 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over late sub Daniel Dawson (34-2, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Making his US debut, southpaw Dzinziruk demonstrated a stiff jab that dictated the pace. He didn’t look like a fighter who had been out of action for 18 months, as he never let Dawson into the fight. The mismatch was waved off by referee Jose Cobian to save Dawson from further punishment at 2:12 of the tenth.
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Vernon Paris (21-0, 14 KOs) had all he could handle in winning an eight round split decision over rugged late sub Juan Santiago (12-4-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 76-75, 76-75 for Paris, 77-74 for Paris. Referee David Mendoza took a point from Paris for a low blow in round one. (more…)
Unheralded hand-picked journeyman Saul “Baby” Duran (37-16-2, 30 KOs) stunned five-time former world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho Sr. (79-6-3, 38 KOs) by taking ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Duran, who came in a loser in 8 of his last 10 fights, was the aggressor and simply outworked “The Macho Man.” Camacho, who turns 48 this month, mostly clinched and was completely unable to get untracked.
In the co-feature, female junior featherweight Jenna Shiver (11-4-1, 2 KOs) won a six round decision over Liliana Martinez, (8-10, 5 KOs).
Unbeaten lightweight Adrien Broner (15-0, 12 KOs) destroyed Rafael Lora (11-3, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NYC. Broner floored Lora at the bell to end round one.
In a clash of unbeaten lightweights, Mike Perez (8-0, 3 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Francisco Reyes (5-1, 2 KOs). Perez dropped Reyes in rounds two and six, busting him up along the way. Scores were 60-52, 59-53 and 59-53.
Female super featherweight Maureen Shea (14-2, 8 KOs) used Norma Faris (3-3) as a punching bag. The bout was stopped at 1:59 of round three because Faris was not punching back. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz (37-6, 26 KOs) showed he still has it by winning a ten round unanimous decision over Herman Ngoudjo (18-4, 10 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout on Friday night at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV. Scores were 97-93, 97-93 and 99-91. Having lost his last two fights, against Victor Cayo (7-31-2009) and Rolando Reyes (4-4-2009), Julio Diaz is seeking redemption in 2010 and beating a recognized name like Ngoudjo is a good start.
Junior lightweight Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Guillermo Sanchez (11-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 78-74, 77-75. (more…)
Super bantamweight Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (22-2-2, 18 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over comebacking former contender Cuauhtemoc Vargas (16-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Ruiz retained his WBC Latin belt with the win. It was Vargas’ first fight since January 2007.
Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 196.8 vs. Giacobbe Fragomeni 197.7
(Vacant WBC cruiserweight world title)
Damian Jonak 154.9 vs. Turgay Uzun 154.7
Lukasz Janik 198.6 vs. Michele De Meo 196.2
Krzysztof Cieslak 132.4 vs. Felix Lora 141.9
Andrzej Wawrzyk 228.1 vs. Paul Butlin 239.2
Maciej Miszkin 177.6 vs. Amir Hacimuradov 168.6
Venue: Atlas Arena, Lodz, Poland
Promoter: Bullit Knock Out Promotion
By Mark Vaz
Five-time world champion and Future Hall-of-Famer Hector “Macho” Camacho returns to the ring tonight at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida for the first fight of his farewell world tour. The living legend will not only enter the ring tonight as a fighter but also as a promoter. Teamed with Jerry Reyes and Eddie Montalvo, the “Macho Man” will pit his remarkable record of 79-5-3 with 38 knockouts against the tough, hard punching Saul “Baby” Duran (36-16-2, 30 KOs). (more…)
Orlando Salido 125.8 vs. Cristobal Cruz 125.8
Noé Bolaños 136.6 vs. Edgar Bárcenas 134.4
Sergio Torres 134.4 vs. Fernando García 135.8
David López 159.8 vs. Roberto Valenzuela 157.6
Daniel Rosas 119 vs. Carlos Jacobo 119
David Sánchez 119 vs. Abraham Rubio 120.5
Venue: Tomás Oroz Gaytán Stadium, Ciudad Obregón, Sonora
Promoter: Venganza y Gloria
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Three-time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera is training at Barrera’s Gym in Guadalajara, Mexico to wire in for his upcoming fight on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, June 26. “This will be my first time fighting for Top Rank,” Barrera said today from Mexico. “I am very happy for this as I have one more goal. I want to be the first Mexican champion to win world titles in four weight classes.”
Barrera said he will campaign as a lightweight. He will take on Adilton DeJesus of Bahia, Brazil in a 10 round bout on June 26. Barrera has a record of 68-7 with 43 knockouts. DeJesus is 25-4 with 20 knockouts. (more…)
Kevin Mitchell 134.5 vs Michael Katsidis 134.3
(WBO interim lightweight championship)
Venue: Upton Park, West Ham, London, United Kingdom
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: Sky UK
Former IBF champion Paulie Malignaggi and WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan got in each other’s face at Friday’s weigh-in for their 12-rounder on Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A scuffle broke out after the fighters began pushing. Both made weight.
Amir Khan 139.5 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 139
Nate Campbell 139 vs. Victor Ortiz 140
Daniel Jacobs 160 vs. Juan Astorga 164.5
Tor Hamer 230 vs. Kelvin Price 243
Breidis Prescott 140.5 vs. Jason Davis 144.5
Jamie Kavanagh 139.5 vs. William Ware 141
Dennis Douglin 156 vs. Joshua Onyango 157
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Humberto Soto 135 vs. Ricardo Domínguez 135
Daniel Ruiz 130 vs. Joksan Hernández 130
Ivan Valle 139.5 vs. Carlos Urías 139.5
Roberto Marroquín 123.5 vs. Arturo Camarco 123
Roberto Manzanares 111.5 vs. Patricio Rubio 112.3
Adrian Young 123 vs. Sergio Chávez 123.5
Venue: Estadio Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Tv: Fox Sports FSN, Fox Sport Español and Tv Azteca
Promoter: Top Rank and Zanfer
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By Steve Farhood
Jake LaMotta famously said of Sugar Ray Robinson, “I fought him so often, I almost got diabetes.”
Over the years, LaMotta has used that line again and again, and that’s okay because he fought Sugar Ray again and again—six times in all from 1942 through “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” in 1951.
On May 22, Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez will clash for a fourth time in a rivalry that ranks with the best in boxing history. From March 2007 through March 2008, Vazquez and Marquez battled three times for the WBC super bantamweight title. Marquez won the first by stoppage; Vazquez won the rematch by stoppage; and with the rubber match in the balance going into the final round, Vazquez mounted an inspired 12th-round rally to win by split decision (one point on the deciding card).
The second and third bouts were selected as Fight of the Year. (more…)
Unbeaten Cuban Heavyweight prospect Mike Perez (8-0, 6 KOs) is set create history by having two fights in one night at the University Arena in Limerick, Ireland. The Mike Tyson lookalike will open the show against Edgar Kalnars (21-22, 12 KOs) and should everything go smoothly in that fight he will be back in the ring for a second time in a matter of hours to take on Tomas Mrazek (4-27-5, 3 KOs). The 9 bout card is headlined by middleweight contender Andy Lee’s clash with former European Champ Mamadou Thiam.
Andy Lee 162.25 vs Mamadou Thiam 160.5
Mike Perez 227.25 vs Edgar Kalnars 214.25
Mike Perez 227.25 vs Tomas Mrazek 223.5
Jamie Power 175 vs John Waldron 173.5
Luis Garcia 172.5 vs Alexander Sipos 172.25
Andy Murray 137.5 vs Amir Unsworth 137.5
Paddy McDonagh 168.5 vs Ciaran Healy 167.25
Michael Sweeney 179.5 vs Tommy Tolan 178.5
Alan Donnellan 156.25 vs Ryan Clark 155.5
Cecilia Braekhus 146.6 vs Victoria Cisneros 142.8
(WBA/WBO/WBC female welterweight titles)
Rudy Markussen 171.9 vs Christophe Karagoz 170.4
Venue: Herning Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark
Promoter: Sauerland Events
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Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and NCM Fathom are teaming up again to bring the raw excitement of UFC events to local movie theaters with UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin, broadcast LIVE in high definition on Saturday, June 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. Former light-heavyweight champion and UFC legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell will take on former middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin in the main event broadcast live from General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to 337 select movie theaters nationwide. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Showtime’s ShoBox series usually focuses on young, up-and-coming fighters, but this Friday’s main event features a seasoned champion in Sergiy Dzinziruk, a German-based Ukrainian who makes his U.S. debut. Dzinziruk, an unbeaten southpaw, will be defending his WBO junior middleweight belt against Daniel Dawson, an Australian fighter who has lost just once in 35 bouts. Essentially this is a showcase for Dzinziruk, who is jointly promoted by Gary Shaw and Art Pelullo. This is Dzinziruk’s first bout in 18 months after being in a contract wrangle with Germany’s powerful Universum outfit.
By Ron Jackson
South African junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi (13-1, 13 KOs) makes the fourth defence of his title when he meets number one challenger Themba Lesiba at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg tonight. (more…)
The body of former world champion Edwin Valero was exhumed Thursday morning from his final resting place in El Vigia, Venezuela as authorities took samples which can determine whether Valero’s death was by his own hand or some other means. Results will take 8-12 days. The family requested the exhumation because they have doubts that Valero committed suicide.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Fightnews caught up with Hermann Ngoudjo’s (18-3-0, 10KO), trainer Marc Ramsay by telephone, shortly after his fighter stepped off the scale at an even 140, same as opponent, former world champion Julio Diaz (36-6-0, 26KO). The pair will face off tonight in Primm Nevada in a fight that will air on ESPN Friday Night Fights and be broadcast live in Canada. “We had a very good training camp and I’m expecting a very good performance,” said Ramsay who is now in his second fight as chief second to the two-time world title challenger. “Physically he was a monster in training camp. I’m not only expecting a win, I’m expecting a great win and good performance for everybody watching to show that he is back and prove that he belongs at the top of the division.”
Julio Diaz 140 vs Herman Ngoudjo 140
Dominic Salcido 129 vs Guillermo Sanchez 128
Venue: Buffalo Bill’s in Primm, NV
Promoter: Guilty Boxing
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“I’m a fighter, I’m a world champion. I want to impress the American fans, but I also want to win,” said WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (35-0, 23 KOs) on Thursday. Dzinziruk, his challenger Daniel Dawson (34-1, 24 KOs), unbeaten prospect Vernon Paris (20-0, 13 KOs) and rugged Juan Santiago (12-3-1, 7 KOs) gave their last comments in advance of their ShoBox fights Friday night on SHOWTIME live at 11PM ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
Adrien Broner 132 vs. Rafael Lora 129.5
Mike Perez 134.5 vs. Francisco Reyes 135.5
Ahmed Samir 196 vs. John Douglas 197
Shqiprim Muriqi 163.25 vs. Rondu Campbell 165
Maureen Shea 130 vs. Norma Faris 129.5
Raul Lopez 119.5 vs. Daniel Aquino 120
Venue: The Paradise Theater, Bronx, NY
Promoter: Golden Boy/Star Boxing
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (35-0, 23 KOs), arguably the world’s top 154-pounder although largely unknown in the US, and challenger Daniel Dawson (34-1, 24 KOs) from Australia, both made weight for their world champion collision Friday night on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) live on SHOWTIME. Dzinziruk scales in at 153, while Dawson weighed 154 for their 12-round collision at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Welterweights Vernon Paris and Juan Santiago both weighed 146.5. More photos…
Jesus Ruiz 120 vs. Cuauhtemoc Vargas 122
Johnny Navarrete 148 vs. Jose Ramirez 148
Josue Veraza 126 vs. Gonzalo Ramirez 129
Sergio Gutierrez 136 vs. Ivan Rosales 136
Oscar Conde 124 vs. Jose Luis Moreno 127
Rafael Reyes 120 vs. Martin Medina 118
Venue: Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico DF
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones and Rafael Mendoza
Ireland’s John Duddy, who has been training for weeks at Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn, will soon be off for high-altitude training at the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. Craig Hamilton, manager of Duddy, made the announcement today. Duddy and his team will be at the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, Pa. and train in a hotel facility. Duddy, a middleweight, is wiring in for a showdown against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 Pay Per View on June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The IBF bantamweight world title bout between undefeated Yonnhy Perez and Abner Mares provides the perfect complement to what is already a must-see night of boxing Saturday, May 22, at STAPLES Center, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The boxing media seems to be in agreement regarding the co-feature of the Vazquez-Marquez IV: “Once and Four All”: Perez-Mares has the potential to be the fight of the night. “This is an even fight between two solid boxer/punchers that could steal the show prior to the Marquez-Vazquez fight,” Fightnews.com Feature Writer Francisco Salazar told SHOWTIME. (more…)
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