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Photos: Scott J. Raven
WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai (24-3-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England. Quigg dropped Munyai with a left hook at the end of round one. Quigg dropped Munyai again with a right hand in round two and finished him with his follow-up barrage. Time was 1:56
Lightweight Anthony Crolla (28-4-1, 11 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over John Murray (33-3, 20 KOs) in a good action affair. Crolla dropped Murray in round ten and got the stop with his follow up attack. (more…)
An Argentinean judge has ordered that Marcos Maidana’s purse from the Floyd Mayweather fight be withheld pending a claim made by Maidana’s former trainer Guillermo Serra, who trained Maidana from mid-2004 until December 2006. According to Team Maidana, Serra is claiming to have been Maidana’s manager since 2008 extending through 2016. “It is an unbelievable situation,” said Sebastian Contursi, Maidana’s advisor. “In reality, Serra never served as manager of Maidana, and much less, since 2008, as stated in his claim, since he hasn’t seen the face of Chino since 2006. Seven years later, Serra presented in court a contract, signed in 2004, which not only never came into force, but it has several irregularities.”
Contursi claims Serra forged the effective dates of the contract in question, adding that “it’s unfortunate that the Court ordered this baseless embargo on Maidana’s purse without further review, thus badly damaging a popular idol just weeks before facing one of the most important world events in recent years for an Argentine athlete.”
Maidana’s legal advisor Dr. Carlos Alberto Pujol stated that Serra deceived the court into ordering the embargo probably for negotiations on a future settlement in exchange for the lifting of the measure. Pujol says this will not happen because the demand by Serra does not withstand the slightest scrutiny.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Highly-touted junior welterweight prospect Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed put on another solid performance en route to a stoppage of Regino Canales of Bayamon, Puerto Rico Friday night on the Keystone Boxing Promotions card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. In his seventh career appearance at Rosecroft, the undefeated native of Waldorf, MD put together tough combinations throughout the contest, increasing his output in every round. Canales gamely tried to keep pace with Reed but Reed’s combinations were too sharp and too crisp. Reed landed crushing body shots that eventually forced ringside doctors to stop the contest after the fourth round. (more…)
Photos: S.C. Photography
Comebacking former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (52-6-1, 46 KOs) returns tonight against Mexican heavyweight Francisco Mireles (17-8, 5 KOs). The 42-year-old Briggs began his comeback 8 days ago with a first round KO over Maurenzo Smith in Tampa, Florida.
Shannon Briggs 252 vs. Francisco Mireles 286
Al Sands 198.4 vs. Keith Barr 196.2
(NABA USA cruiserweight title)
Jungle Boy Promotions (Zach Walters)
Venue: Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota
Erica Anabella Farias 60,600 vs. Delfine Persoon 60,750
Hedi Slimani 60,800 vs. Affif Hamdani 60,300
Vacant WBC Mediterranean lightweight
The WBC has appointed Mr Bob Logist, Vice President of the WBC, as supervisor. The judges will be Ventsislav Nikolov from Bulgaria, Robert Verwijs from Holland and Robin Dolpierre from France. Third man in the ring is experienced Daniel Van de Wiele from Belgium.
For the WBC Mediterranean titlefight, WBC Vice President Mr Houcine Houichi and chairman of this committee will be the supervisor, while Ventsislav Nikolov from Bulgaria, Robert Verwijs from Holland and Olena Pobyvailo from Ukraine will be the judges. Robin Dolpierre from France will handle the fight within the 4 ropes. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime
Friday night before a raucous crowd of over 2,000 strong at the Convention Center in Monroeville, PA, local welterweight sensation “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) captured the vacant WBC Interim Fecarbox lightweight championship, by dropping formerly undefeated Cuban knockout artist Alexei “Hurricane” Collado once on his way to a well-deserved ten round unanimous decision victory by scores of 96-94,96-93, 96-93. In the co-feature of the eight bout card promoted by Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Promotions, former 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Felix Diaz (15-0, 8 KOs) squeezed out a razor thin split decision victory over Emmanuel “Bukom Jah” Lartei Lartey (15-2-1, 7 KOs) to capture the vacant WBC junior welterweight championship. In another special attraction, rising Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez Jr.(14-0, 10 KOs), made quick work of formerly undefeated welterweight prospect Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez Jr.(11-1, 1KO), dropping him three times on his way to an impressive stoppage at 2:49 of the opening round. The card was televised nationally by Showtime. (more…)
By Sam Geraci
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images
In the main event of the evening, one of Chicago’s most popular fighters of the past decade, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 21 KOs), made his return to the Chicago boxing scene by scoring a TKO at 2:15 of the sixth against Troy “TNT” Lowry (28-14, 17 KOs) of St. Paul MN, in a super middleweight bout at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. George pounded Lowry to the head and body throughout before scoring the TKO after dropping Lowry with a left hook upstairs George scored his first knockdown with a right to the body in round four. (more…)
Dennis Hobson Promotions has a announced a press conference for “a huge North East summer world title fight.” The cat is already out of the bag, however, that the announcement will be Hobson-promoted IBF bantamweight champion Stuey Hall against British rival Paul Butler on the June 7th in Newcastle. Butler confirmed the fight via Twitter.
— Paul Butler (@1PaulButler) April 19, 2014
By Karl Freitag
49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is -200 favorite to win his unification bout with WBA counterpart Beibut Shumenov tonight at the DC Armory in Washington DC. Shumenov backers can get +175 on average. On the undercard, IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter and WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin are both expected to retain their belts.
Like Hopkins, Porter is a -200 to keep his title against former champ Paul Malignaggi, who is at +175. Quillin, on the other hand, is as high as -3300 to successfully defend against Lukas Konecny, who is anywhere from +750 to +1100. It pays to shop around. Also Quillin is running about -225 to win by early stoppage against Konecny, who has never been stopped in his whole career (most of which was at jr. middleweight).
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photo: Vlad Hrunov
Panamanian WBA cruiserweight champion (in recess) Guillermo Jones and his boxing team has arrived in Moscow, Russia to for his rematch against WBA cruiserweight regular champion Dennis Lebedev on Friday at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia.
Jones arrived with his famous Hall of Fame promoter Don King, escorted by local promoter Vladimir Hrunov. Jones-Lebedev I was arguably the fight of the year in 2013.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ricky Thornberry
Australia-based Samoan-born heavyweight Alex “Lion Heart” Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) departed Brisbane Airport on Saturday traveling on Emirates 9pm flight bound for Germany where he will challenge unified WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) at Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany on April 26. Leapai was greeted by several hundred well wishers at the airport where Polynesian dancers and singers sang traditional Samoan songs. Leapai vowed to bring the world heavyweight title back to Australia.
Award winning sports writer Grantlee Kieza, who is traveling with Team Leapai, said “Alex Leapai is in the best fight condition of his career and is supremely confident that he will be the fourth man to defeat Klitschko. Leapai’s training team have studied recent fights and also the losses the champion has suffered and can see faults in his style which they are confident will see Leapai become the new world champion on April 26.”
By Sam Geraci at ringside
Chicago favorite son Donovan “Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 21 KOs) made a successful return to the Windy City boxing scene by earning a TKO at 2:15 of the sixth round against Troy Lowry (28-14, 17 KOs) of St. Paul, MN, in a super middleweight bout at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Lowry was dropped with a thudding left hook to the head in the last minute of the sixth round. Lowry indicated to his corner that he did not want to continue so referee Kurt Spivey stopped the action.
In an eight round heavyweight bout, Andrey Fedosov (25-3, 19 KOs) of Shuya, Russia, rebounded from his June 2013 TKO loss to Bryant Jennings by scoring a second round knockout at 2:24 with a left hook to the body of a game but 242 pound Maurice “Mo Bettah” Harris (26-9-2, 11 KOs) of East Orange, NJ. Fedosov scored his first knockdown with an overhand right in the second.
In a six-round super middleweight clash that was much closer than some of the cards reflected, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (14-0, 10 KOs) of Chicago, IL, muscled-out a unanimous decision against the crafty Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (12-13-4, 6 KOs) of San Diego, CA. Jimenez scored a knockdown in the fourth with a right. Scores were 58-55, 58-54 and 57-56.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime
Local lightweight favorite “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) won a stunning ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten KO artist Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado (18-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, located outside of Pittsburgh. Salka, coming off a very controversial majority decision loss to Canelo’s brother Ricardo Alvarez, hurt Collado to the body in round three, then staggered and dropped him. Collado was also cut over the left eye adding to his problems. Salka continued to outwork Collado as the bout progressed and his size advantage was noticeable. Scores were 96-94, 96-93, 96-93. Collado entered the bout rated WBA #13 at featherweight.
Undefeated southpaw and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (15-0, 8 KOs) won a mostly uneventful split decision over Emmanuel Lartey (15-2-1, 7 KOs) in a welterweight eight-rounder. Diaz was rocked in round three, but won by scores of 77-75, 77-75 on two cards. The third card was 77-75 Lartey.
In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, local favorite Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez, Jr. (14-0, 10 KOs) quickly domesticated Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr. (11-1, 5 KOs). After three first round knockdowns, the bout was waved off. Time was 2:49. (more…)
2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a first round KO over Raymond Charles (12-3-2, 5 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout on Friday night in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Spence dropped Charles twice in round one and the bout was waved off at 2:52.
In the main event, welterweight Alan Sanchez (13-3-1, 7 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Jorge “Pantera” Silva (19-6-2, 15 KOs). The bout was waved off after Sanchez dropped Silva face first with a right hand. Time was :42.
Also, in a non-televised bout, bantamweight Sergio Perales (24-2, 16 KOs) scored a come-from-behind tenth round TKO over local fan favorite and two-time world title challenger Raul Martinez (30-4, 18 KOs). Martinez had earlier dropped Perales twice, but faded and was floored himself in the final stanza. (more…)
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The Boxcino 2014 middleweight semifinals were held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on ESPN2’s presentation of Friday Night Fights. The middleweight winners were Brandon Adams and Willie Monroe Jr., who earned eight round decisions and will now now face off in the finals along with the last two lightweight Boxcino contenders on Friday, May 23, also at The Turning Stone in Verona, NY. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
In a nationally televised promotion, IBF#11 super flyweight Rusalee Samor (23-5-2, 10 KOs) was impressive as he clearly outscored Espinos Sabu (11-1-1, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds to retain the IBF Asian 115 pound title at the Wat Triatanakorn, Chaiya, Surat, Thani, Thailand on Friday. Samor controlled the action in most of the rounds to be awarded the decision on all cards by scores 115-112, 115-112, 115-112.
On undercard, Thailand based Japanese welterweight Takamori Akita (9-4-1, 6 KOs) stopped Muhammad Imam(9-4,3 KOs) in round one of scheduled twelve to capture the vacant IBF Asian title.
Former world rated 130 pounder Fahsai Sakkreerin (41-5-1, 22 KOs) outscored Rivo Renkung (32-19-5,12 KOs) over eight rounds. Sakkreerin suffered losses to Rances Barthélemy and Masao Nakamura in 2013 but was impressive in clearly outpointing
Indonesian Renkung. (more…)
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) announced today that Robert Bennett has been appointed to the position of Executive Director. Bennett, who was one of three finalists, received a unanimous vote from the five-member Commission at a meeting this afternoon.
“As a Commission, we believe that Robert will continue to ensure and protect the integrity of unarmed combat in the State of Nevada,” said Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar. “He appreciates and respects the sanctity of professional fighting and will be an asset to the Commission.” (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc and its President Tuto Zabala, Jr. is working on putting together a clash between WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez and WBO Latin champion Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado to be held on Friday, May 24 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Hernandez of Mexico City has a record of 27-10-2, 15 KOs, and is also the Mexican national champion. He recently surprised many experts when he stopped #5 WBO Marvin Mabait in 5 rounds on March 28 at the Foro Polanco. Tostado on the other hand has a record of 13-1, 6 KOs and won the Latino belt when he beat Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal of Puerto Rico by decision on March 21 in Tampa, both fights where part of the successful Boxeo Telemundo Ford series.
“This is a great match up between two WBO regional champions unifying their belts,” said Zabala. “We are working on final details to formally make an announcement.”
UFC on FOX 11, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne and the bantamweight bout between Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche, airs live on FOX from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FOX Sports 1 for six televised prelims at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and three early prelim bouts will be available on UFC Fight Pass at 3:30pm ET / 12:30 pm PT.
Travis Browne (245.5) VS Fabricio Werdum (232.5)
FOX MAIN CARD
Liz Carmouche (135) VS Miesha Tate (135.5)
Edson Barboza (156) VS Donald Cerrone (155.5)
Yoel Romero (185.5) VS Brad Tavares (185)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Khabib Nurmagomedov (155.5) VS Rafael dos Anjos (155.5)
Seth Baczynski (170.5) VS Thiago Alves (170.5)
Pat Healy (156) VS Jorge Masvidal (155.5)
Estevan Payan (146) VS Alex White (146)
Caio Magalhaes (185.5) VS Luke Zachrich (185.5)
Hernani Perpetuo (170.5) VS Jordan Mein (170.5)
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Ray Borg (125.5) vs Dustin Ortiz (125.5)
Chas Skelly (145) vs. Mirsad Bektic (146)
Jack May (252.5) VS Derrick Lewis (256)
. . . .
Coming up next: FOX UFC Saturday: Werdum vs. Browne is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, April 19 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more info
By Gary Digital Williams at the scale
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime
Bernard Hopkins 172.4 vs. Beibut Shumenov 174.4
(IBF/WBA light heavyweight titles)
Shawn Porter 146.8 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 146.2
(IBF welterweight title)
Peter Quillin 159.8 vs. Lukas Konecny 158.25
(WBO middleweight title)
Sadam Ali 146.25 vs. Michael Clark 144
(Vacant NABO Welterweight title)
Zachary Ochoa 139.5 vs. Hector Marengo 140.25
Marcus Browne 174 vs. Otis Griffin 176
D’Mitrius Ballard 168 vs. Quincy Miner 165
Dominic Wade 163 vs. Marcus Upshaw 157
David Grayton 148 vs. Howard Reece 149
Chris Alexander 135 vs. Jose Valderrama 139
Lamont Roach, Jr. 134 vs. Victor Galindo 143
Venue: DC Armory in Washington DC
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Sam Geraci
Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images
Donovan “Da Bomb” George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) looks to rebound from his 2013 TKO loss to Caleb Truax tonight when he takes on Troy Lowry (28-13, 17 KOs) in a six round super middleweight tune-up in “Fight Night” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. Since 2012, George has gone 2-3-1 against top opposition with a combined record of 132-26-4. Now, at 29 and with a new promoter behind him, George is looking to get back into the win column and to reclaim what he calls his “swag.” In the following interview, George discusses his comeback, his new trainer and his new promoter, the Lowry matchup, Fonfara-Stevenson, Kovalev-Agnew, Chicago’s boxing comeback and much more. (more…)
A 10-fight boxing card is set to kick off San Antonio’s annual Fiesta Celebration in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome tonight. In the Golden Boy Live! main event, which will airs on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, Alan Sanchez (12-3-1, 6 KOs) will square off against Mexican warrior Jorge “Pantera” Silva (19-5-2, 15 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout. Plus, 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (11-0, 9 KOs) of Dallas will be back in his home state of Texas for the co-main event, a 10-round junior middleweight bout against Raymond Charles (12-2-2, 5 KOs). Opening the telecast will be Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (7-0, 6 KOs) facing Puerto Rico’s Antonio Sanchez (5-3, 3 KOs) in a six round junior welterweight bout.
Featured in key undercard bouts will be Texans Joseph Rodriguez Jr. and Javier Rodriguez, Australia’s Steve Lovett, Mexico’s Miguel Flores and Georgia’s Justin DeLoach, plus a bout that might steal the show in the an all-Texas showdown between Raul Martinez and Sergio Perales.
Undefeated light heavyweight Jeff Page Jr of Andover, Kansas looks to keep his “O” intact when he faces veteran Jose Spearman of Indianapolis, Indiana tonight at the Beech Activity Center in Wichita, Kansas. Page (12-0, 7 KOs), will possibly be pitted across the ring from his toughest test to date in Spearman (29-18-5, 12 KOs). The two will square off for the UBF All-Americas and Kansas state light heavyweight titles. The co main event features two undefeated prospects in a welterweight contest as Jon Bullock (3-0, 1 KO) will battle Manny Brown (3-0, 2 KOs).
Jeff Page Jr 173 vs. Jose Spearman 175
(UBF All-Americas light heavyweight title)
(Kansas State light heavyweight title)
Jon Bullock 147 vs. Emmanuel brown 144
Cooper Sanders 220 vs. Robert Perry 202
Evan Woolsey 143 vs. Marvell Fight 146
Robbie Seyam 148 vs. Ben Zelfer 149
Lorenzo Selectmon 194 vs. Bradley Johnson 188
Gamalier Rodriguez 125.4 vs. Orlando Cruz 126.8
(NABO featherweight title)
Note: Cruz’ final Weight was 126
Felix Verdejo 134.6 vs. Ivan Zavala 139.2
Matt Korobov 160 vs. Emill Gonzalez 160.6
Alberto Machado 129 vs. Jesus Lule Raya 129.2
Antonio Ortiz 142.4 vs. Ramon Pena 141.8
Christopher Diaz 127.6 vs. TBA
Jayron Santiago 123.6 vs. James Alexander 124.6
Venue: Bahia Shriners Event Center in Orlando, Fla.
Promoter: Top Rank/All Star Boxing
A Purse Bid for the WBO vacant featherweight world title between top contenders Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. was held today at noon at the Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The winning bid was from Golden Boy Promotions with $1,052,500 followed by Top Rank’s bid of $1,050,000. The difference was a mere $2500. June 21 in LA was mentioned as the possible date. The bid was presided over by WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, Ratings Chairman Luis Perez, Raul Jaimes GBP, Carl Morreti TR and Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing.
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