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Krasniqi edges out Sek to set up Braehmer showdown in 2015

Krasniqi edges out Sek to set up Braehmer showdown in 2015

Report/photos Tony Mayger at ringside Robin Krasniqi outpointed Dariusz Sek in Munich to firmly plant himself in the light heavyweight mandatory challenger's position ...

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Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME Former featherweight title challenger 'Mr.' Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) was way too fast for Christopher 'S.D. ...

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Andy Ruiz beats Liakhovich to stay unbeaten, Valdez and McCumby crush foes

Andy Ruiz beats Liakhovich to stay unbeaten, Valdez and McCumby crush foes

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz Jr. (23-0, 17 KOs) remained unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision ...

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Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best Unbeaten McJoe Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs) defeated Mark Geraldo (31-5-3, 14 KOs) by unanimous twelve round decision ...

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Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

By Dave Spencer at ringside Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO ...

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Boxing News

Agbeko-Perez heats up!

IBF Bantamweight Champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) not only promises a victory, Oct. 31 at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, but a knockout over challenger, No. 1 Contender Yonnhy “El Columbiano” Perez (19-0, 17 KOs). “He is going to have his first loss,” Agbeko told the media today on a national teleconference. “I am going to be the first one to knock him out.”

Perez, who is coming off an impressive last-round knockout of Silence Mabuza, would not give a specific prediction to counter Agbeko’s claims, but countered by saying, “He should not spit too much into the air, for it might fall on his face.”  Stay tuned for a full story tomorrow.



October 20th, 2009



UFC

UFC updates!

* UFC® Poker is here! Play for FREE right now!
* UFC® action comes to Memphis – Penn and Sanchez battle for the lightweight title on Saturday, December 12 – Tickets On Sale This Week
* Don’t miss UFC® 104 Live this Saturday night – Purchase on UFC.com before Friday night and get access to all the unaired prelims for free! Watch all the action in Smooth HD on UFC.com.
UFC.com – Chael Sonnen – The Real Straight Talk Express Rolls Into LA (more…)



October 20th, 2009

Boxing News

No Joke: Stewart returns

Former No. 1 junior welterweight contender Mike “No Joke” Stewart, of New Castle, DE, continues his comback when he takes on Louie Leija, of San Antonio, TX, in a scheduled six-round fight Saturday evening, Nov. 7, at Bally’s Atlantic City. Topping the seven-bout card is a scheduled 10-round contest between Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, and Richard Gutierrez, of Mimi, FL, for Jones’ North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title. First fight at 7.30 p.m. Stewart, 31, is now boxing as a welterweight. He ended an 18-month layoff April 24 when he earned a six-round decision over Luis Albert Santiago, of Philadelphia, at Dover (DE) Downs. Stewart would like to return to Dover Downs next year as the headliner. (more…)



October 20th, 2009

Boxing News

OPI 2000 wins EBU purse bid

Will promote Brancalion-Cleverly clash

OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) won today in Rome at the EBU’s headquarter the purse bid to stage the vacant EBU light heavyweight championship between Antonio Brancalion and Nathan Cleverly. OPI 2000 with an offer of €63,717 outbid Frank Warren Promotions (€60,000) and Double “A” Promotions (€27,500).



October 20th, 2009

Feature Story

Q&A: Edwin Valero

Photo courtesy WBC

Photo courtesy WBC

By Robert Coster

Is Edwin Valero the man nobody wants to face? The unbeaten, dynamite punching WBC lightweight champion with 25 knockouts in 25 fights is calling out for the big name boxers, Pacquiao, Mayweather or any other fighter in the face of the planet, to dare step into the ring and face his murderous fists. Yet, there are many pundits who feel that Valero has yet to face a real, stern test by facing a truly elite boxer. The fact is that Valero remains an enigma to many and even more so because the southpaw destroyer has been fighting outside of the USA. First Edwin was denied fights in American rings for over five years for allegedly having failed an MRI test. After finally getting OK’d to fight in Austin, Texas in April, Valero has subsequently been denied a US visa. Fightnews sat down with the brazen, supremely confident champion to discuss the visa controversy, his hopes for the future and his real frustration at not being given the opportunity to fight those marquee name boxers who he feels are evading him. (more…)



October 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Yahya McClain comeback

By Jose E. Santiago

Former two-time cruiserweight titleholder turned boxing promoter Yahya McClain (23-7-2 16KO) returns to the ring on November 13, 2009. McClain, 42-year-old owner of Absoloot Boxing and Fitness Gym in Atlanta, twice held the WBU cruiserweight championship over a decade ago. Since then McClain has gone on to be a successful boxing trainer and promoter. Known recently for his work in leading his ex-wife Laila Ali to boxing stardom as her manager and trainer, McClain now feels he can make a dent in the cruiserweight division and recapture a title. Although he hasn’t had a fight in over 10 years, McClain feels that he still has the strength and skills to be a champion. (more…)



October 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Team Valuev unfazed by Haye

“1,000 volts, but no light”

WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) is unfazed by David Haye´s latest antics, insisting he could not care less about the challenger´s constant provocations. Last week, the 29-year-old (22-1, 21 KOs) once again insulted the biggest and tallest champion of all time at a press conference in England. Valuev barely took any notice – he gave up caring about his opponent a long time ago. “I don’t really care about what he says or does,” Valuev stated. “I cannot take him seriously. When I first heard about the t-shirts where he chopped the Klitschkos, I thought ‘Oh my God, another idiot in our world.’ He can say whatever he likes – it will not get him my title.” (more…)



October 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Anthony Mundine

Team Mundine

Team Mundine

By Craig Watt

Australian IBO middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (36-3, 23 KOs) is one of boxing’s most controversial and outspoken characters, often noted for his exploits outside the ring, rather than his achievements inside the ropes. Behind the brash exterior however is a boxer that has operated at world level for the last five years and is a former two weight WBA champion at super middleweight and middleweight. He added the IBO 160 pound title in May when he outpointed Daniel Geale in a close and split decision in Brisbane. Both fighters share the same bill at the Silverdome in Prospect, Tasmania on Wednesday in a bill titled, “The Road To Rematch” aimed at building to a rematch of the two fighters, planned for 2010. Their first fight was one of the best seen in an Australian ring earlier this year and the IBO has ordered a rematch, such was the close scoring of the bout. (more…)



October 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Brähmer, Zbik defend Dec. 19

“Universum Champions Night“ comes to the Sport and Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany on December 19 with a world title twinbill featuring the two hometown world champions Jürgen Brähmer (34-2, 28 KOs) and Sebastian Zbik (27-0, 10 KOs). Brähmer will defend his WBO interim light heavyweight championship against an opponent to be named, while Zbik will take on unbeaten WBC #15 ranked Emanuele Della Rosa (22-0, 7 KOs) from Rome, Italy. “I’m very happy about [boxing in] Schwerin,” said Brähmer. “For me it’s the best thing that can happen to me. To defend a world championship belt outside my front door was always my dream.“ Zbik is also thrilled to have a home match. “This will be the personal highlight of my career,” he stated. “I hope, that all my friends and relatives will be there. The hall will certainly be a bubbling cauldron with two local fighters in action. I’m very excited and will give everything [in the ring]!“



October 20th, 2009

UFC

Rivera: “Don’t count me out!”

UFC 104 is LIVE on PPV Oct. 24!

Story by Andreas Hale

Jorge Rivera is no new kid on the block when it comes to battling inside of the Octagon. He’s banged with some of the sport’s finest over his eight-year career. Some nights have ended with his hand raised in victory while others have found him on the wrong side of the winner’s table  . . . . 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.



October 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Abraham-Taylor Photogallery

Here’s a new photo gallery from the SHOWTIME’s spectacular Abraham-Taylor bout from Saturday night in Berlin.
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Also available are some notable undercard bouts. Click here for photos from Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs. Enad Licina. Click here for photos from Dominik Britsch vs. Michael Recloux. (Photos: Winfried Mausolf and Photo Wende)



October 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Holm takes on Hernandez

Holly Holm’s next opponent will be Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez. The two will headline a Dec. 4 card promoted by Fresquez Productions at Isleta in Albuquerque, N.M.  The card, “Bad Blood,” will see Holm (25-1-3, 7 KOs) defend her WIBA welterweight title at a catchweight against Hernandez (11-1-2, 4 KOs). Hernandez last fought at 128 and has won belts at lightweight, super featherweight and super bantamweight.  Also on the card: Jodi Esquibel, Amanda Crespin, comebacking heavyweight Fernando Reyes, bantamweight David Proa and  light heavyweight Michael Brooks.



October 20th, 2009

Announcement

Loaded undercard in El Paso!

Live on PPV Oct. 30 from El Paso!

The night before Halloween, in the city of El Paso, TX., fight fans will be sitting back to watch what many consider to be a young fighter who feels he has a lot to prove to them, Hector Camacho, Jr. facing a seasoned warrior who has battled with the best in boxing, Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas, in an entertaining pay per view match on Friday night, October 30 distributed live on pay per view by MultiVision Media, Inc. . . . Click here for more

“LATIN INVASION 2″ will be held at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.



October 19th, 2009

Announcement

Salim Ali in action

US Olympian added to Oct 31st "Fright Night At The Sun"

2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali has been added to the October 31st (Halloween Night) “Fright Night At The Sun” pro boxing card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in a 4-round welterweight bout at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (more…)



October 19th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates!

* The Countdown to UFC® 104 begins tonight at 11pm ET/PT on Spike
* UFC® action comes to Memphis – Penn and Sanchez battle for the lightweight title on Saturday, December 12 – Tickets On Sale This Week
* Get closer to the action with the new UFC® iPhone app – available now in the iTunes App Store
UFC.com - Cain Velasquez Ready To Solidify His Heavyweight Contendership



October 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Alfredo Angulo

Photo: Will Hart

Photo: Will Hart

Once-beaten Alfredo Angulo participated in a media workout on Monday at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y., answering questions from New York-area media. Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs), rated WBO #4 and WBC/WBA #5, takes on unbeaten WBC #4/WBO #5 Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title on November 7 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut and will precede the Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson rematch for the WBC interim and IBO light heavyweight titles. (more…)



October 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Frias, Hernandez collide Friday

Two winning streaks are on the line Friday night in the main event as ShoBox: The New Generation returns to SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the Laredo Entertainment Center in Laredo, Texas. Cuban-born Damian Frias (16-1, 7 KOs) of Miami, Fla., has won his last 12 fights while Mexico’s Freddy Hernandez (25-1, 18 KOs), who resides in Lynwood, Calif., has been victorious in his last nine in a row. The welterweight battle is scheduled for 10 rounds. In the co-feature defending North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super bantamweight champion Al Seeger (28-4, 22 KOs) of Savannah, Ga., will risk his belt against Victor Fonseca (16-0, 8 KOs) of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, in what will be an excitement-filled 10-round battle of world-ranked 122-pounders. (more…)



October 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Miguel Cotto Update

Photo: Team Cotto/Top Rank Inc.

Photo: Team Cotto/Top Rank Inc.

Photo: Team Cotto/Top Rank Inc.

Photo: Team Cotto/Top Rank Inc.

During his training camp in Tampa, welter weight world champion Miguel Cotto, has had some very interesting visitors including hall of fame trainer Angelo Dundee, who spent some time with the champ talking boxing. Cotto also got a nice present from Everlast a heavy bag with his next target Manny Pacquiao as he prepares to defend his WBO championship belt next November 14 at the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. The big “Firepower” championship card will be televised by HBO pay-per-view.



October 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Jermain Taylor Update

On Sunday, October 18, Jermain Taylor was released from the hospital in Berlin, Germany, having been given clearance by a team of Doctors to continue with a planned vacation in Europe. Taylor was admitted as a precautionary measure after suffering from concussion-like symptoms following his fight with Arthur Abraham on Saturday night. “I want thank all my fans and those concerned and let everyone know I’m doing just fine and feeling good,” said Taylor. “I want to congratulate Arthur Abraham on his victory and wish him well in the tournament. Right now my plans are to relax and enjoy my vacation in Europe with my wife, Erica.” (more…)



October 19th, 2009

Feature Story

Gutierrez to defend vs. Tajbert

It was announced today that WBC interim super featherweight champion Humberto Mauro Gutierrez (26-1-1, 19 KOs) will defend against WBC #3 rated Vitali Tajbert (18-1, 6 KOs) on November 21 at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. The “Universum Champions Night” event will be a world title twinbill with unbeaten WBO lightweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) challenging WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs) in a much anticipated main event. The Gutierrez-Tajbert winner could be WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto’s successor, as Soto is considering moving up in weight. The 2004 Olympic bronze medal winner Tajbert has vowed to take Gutierrez’ belt. “I will show everyone in this fight and get that title,” said Tajbert. “At age 20, the Mexican is still very young, but he already has 24 fights and won 19 times by KO. His victory over Gulyakevich shows his dangerousness. This is the biggest challenge of my career and I’m going to fulfill my dream of becoming the first German world champion in the super featherweight division!”



October 19th, 2009

Boxing News

More on Alekseev-Drozd

Universum Box-Promotion has confirmed the November 28 clash between WBO #4 cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (18-1, 16 KOs) and #1 ranked Grigory Drozd (32-1, 24 KOs) on the huge “Universum Champions Night” at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Headlining that show is the rematch between heavyweight contenders Alexander Dimitrenko and Luan Krasniqi. The fight for the 28-year-old Alekseev will be the first under new trainer Magomed Schaburow as Universum’s legendary trainer Fritz Sdunek is out of action for health reasons. “Alexander is a well-trained boxer,” commented Schaburow. “On top of that, he is a very intelligent boy. I’m looking forward to working with him. We have big plans. A victory against the number one in the WBO is a very important step on the way to the next world title fight.”



October 19th, 2009

Boxing News

More Abraham-Taylor notes

Team Sauerland and King Arthur Abraham were relieved to hear that Jermain Taylor was able to leave the hospital on Sunday. He departed Berlin as originally scheduled and is now vacationing in Europe. “We are relieved to hear that Jermain is feeling better and that he could leave the hospital on Sunday,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “The health is more important than a win or a loss. Jermain is a great fighter and a great champion.” (more…)



October 19th, 2009

Photo

Escalante sharp in El Paso!

Live on PPV Oct. 30 from El Paso!
Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: No. 1 Contender Antonio Escalante prepares for Carlos Fulgencio Sunday afternoon at the Escalante Gym in El Paso, Texas. Escalante and Fulgencio clash on the Oct. 30 “Latin Invasion 2″ card in El Paso. Stay tuned for a full feature on Escalante later this week.

“LATIN INVASION 2″ will be held at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.



October 19th, 2009

Full Report

Full report: Castro-Barcenas

IMG_11-1Ringside report & photos by Chris Cozzone

Waging a classic war in war-torn Juarez, Mexico, last night at the Gimnasio Muncipal, downtown, Javier “Zorro” Castro and Edgar Barcenas heralded a return to boxing in the bloody bordertown now known as the murder capital of the world.

Ending a two-year lapse and in an attempt to transfer some of the drug war violence to the ring, Promociones del Pueblo revved up more than 3,500 anxious fans with a seven-bout card televised on CadenaTres in Mexico .  . . Click here for more



October 19th, 2009

Announcement

ALI Pro Style Glove

Muhammad Ali™ returns to the ring!

evaliptg_mCheck out the ALI pro style glove! The patented THUMBLOK™ keeps the thumb and fist positioned correctly to avoid injury.  The new design features unique foam wrist support and superior ventilation.  To introduce their new line of Muhammad Ali™ replica products, Everlast Worldwide has launched an interactive website dedicated to The Greatest Of All Time™.  Explore the interactive Everlast canvas to discover rare photos of ALI, classic ALI audio clips, replica products used by Muhammad Ali™ throughout his career, as well as printable cards featuring his training methods.  The Muhammad Ali™ collection features the perfect gift for the aspiring fighter, boxing fan, fitness enthusiast, or memorabilia collector.  He Believed. Do You?  Greatness Is Within.  Visit www.everlast.com/ali and explore for yourself.



October 19th, 2009

UFC

Velasquez ready for contention

UFC 104 is LIVE on PPV Oct. 24!

The last time Cain Velasquez fought, back at UFC 99 in Germany this past June, it was under somewhat extraordinary circumstances. For starters, he was fighting nine time zones away from his California home. That wouldn’t have been so bad if he hadn’t just welcomed his baby daughter, Coral Love, into the world only a few weeks before that bout. Transatlantic flights and newborn babies made for a very tired heavyweight when he stepped in against Cheick Kongo—who originally was supposed to be Heath Herring—in Cologne that night . . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC



October 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Vitali-Johnson in Switzerland

After his tremendous victory against Chris Arreola, WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko steps into the ring again in 2009. His opponent will be Kevin Johnson at PostFinance-Arena in Bern, Switzerland, on December 12th. Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group: “Vitali`s performance against Chris Arreola in Los Angeles showed his extra class. With Kevin Johnson, Vitali will again face a very strong contender. Johnson is undefeated, self-conscious and knows what a great chance this will be for him. The PostFinance-Arena in Bern is a fantastic venue and the right arena for a huge title fight.” (more…)



October 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Byron Mitchell

By Bob Caico

mitchell

Former two-time WBA super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell (27-5-1, 20 KOs) takes on former world light heavyweight title challenger David Telesco (30-6-1, 26 KOs) Wednesday in what should be an entertaining eight-round contest at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY. Mitchell is looking to rebound from a knockout loss to Beibut Shumenov in May that put a dent on his comeback attempt. The soon to be 36-year old Mitchell wants to get his career back on track and looks forward to competing for a world title again. Fightnews caught up with Mitchell this weekend and spoke to him about the Telesco fight and future plans. (more…)



October 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacman in Manila!

By Nick Giongco

Manny Pacquiao is now in Manila ready to resume his training for the Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto. Team Pacquiao left Baguio City early Monday morning amid the threat of a storm. As of this writing, Pacquiao is being driven to Gerry Penalosa’s gym in Mandaluyong City. Pacquiao had camped out in the City of Pines since Sept. 20. It expected that Pacquiao will report to the gym until Saturday, the day he leaves for the US for the final push of his preparation at the Wild Card in Hollywood.



October 19th, 2009

UFC

Blueprint: Machida vs. Shogun

Perfect. The Merriam Webster Dictionary has multiple definitions for that adjective. Maybe the simplest way to define it is with two words: Lyoto Machida. 15-0 as a professional. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC



October 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Adamek vacates IBF belt

Tomasz Adamek has formally vacated his IBF cruiserweight title. In a letter written to Marian Muhammad, President of the International Boxing Federation, Adamek expressed his regret in having to vacate the title and thanked the IBF for the opportunities he was given. He stated, “I am not leaving the IBF family. I will be fighting October 24 against Andrew Golota for the IBF International heavyweight title in Lodz, Poland. Further, when possible I hope to return to reclaim my IBF title.”



October 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Hinton stops Sidon

46-year-old heavyweight derailed

By Tom Hebert, FightNews Canada

After having his boxing license revoked by the German Boxing Federation (BDB) for medical reasons, 46-year-old heavyweight Andreas Sidon (33-9, 27 KOs) won a court case for reinstatement and started his comeback at Northlands Agricom in Edmonton, Alberta on Friday evening. Sidon however unexpectedly lost to local fighter Sheldon “Prime Time” Hinton (11-6-1, 4 KOs) by third round TKO. (more…)



October 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Barros still unbeaten

Unbeaten WBO #5 ranked featherweight Jonathan Barros of Argentina (26-0-1, 15 KOs) defeated journeyman and countryman Guillermo de Jesus Paz (15-19-3, 1 KO) by unanimous decision. The bout took place at the Polideportivo Municipal, in Tunuyan, Mendoza, Argentina with Osvaldo Rivero promoting. While Paz entered the bout with a sub .500 record he upset former world champion Raul Balbi by unanimous decision last month and had only been stopped once in his previous 37 bouts. Though Barros clearly won the bout, there was good two way action throughout highlighted by Barros dropping Paz with a looping over hand right in round two.



October 18th, 2009

Full Report

Rios-Perez Full Report

By John Cannon

Once the announcer rendered the decision in the Brandon Rios and Manny Perez fight, Rios yelled out a “Grito” that had Corpus Christi rocking. Rios (22-0, 15 KO’s) defeated Perez (14-5-1, 2 KO’s )via TKO as the referee stopped the fight at the 1:16 mark in the seventh round in the main event of Top Rank’s Hall of Fame Fight Night at Whataburger Field. More plus photos…



October 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Jirov returns with win

Former cruiserweight world champion Vassiliy Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs) returned with a second round TKO over late sub Jonathan Williams (7-6-1) on Saturday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Jirov was actually knocked down in round one, but came back to floor Williams three times in round two before the bout was waved off. It was the the 35-year-old Jirov’s first fight in 27 months. Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs was also scheduled to appear on the card, but that bout fell through after Briggs suffered a reported training injury. A bout featuring Erick Vega from “The Contender” also fell through when his foe former cruiserweight champion Kelvin Davis failed a pre-fight physical.



October 18th, 2009




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