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By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Rick Marez
A large and enthusiastic Nebraska crowd was hoping to see another “YouTube moment” by the famed street fighter and now pro boxer Kimbo Slice. Earlier in the week, Kimbo stated that he wanted to bring excitement back to the heavyweights and produce exciting knockouts. Slice was able to deliver on both as he stormed out of the red corner and electrified the crowd by landing power shots to the body of Tay Bledsoe. The “YouTube” moment came as Slice landed a paralyzing overhand right to the jaw of Bledsoe which ended matters at 1:52 of the first round. The punch left Bledsoe motionless for several minutes. Slice improves to 2-0 with 2 KOs and is seeking a quick return in December. (more…)
WBO #4/WBA #14 cruiserweight and local favorite BJ “El Peligroso” Flores (26-1-1, 16 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Paul Jennette (11-4-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the O’Reilly Family Events Center on the campus of Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Flores beat the 43-year-old Jennette to the punch all night in winning a 100-90 verdict on all cards.
Unbeaten WBA #5/WBC #13 cruiserweight Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (18-0, 7 KOs) scored a quick first round blowout against former world title challenger James Crawford (40-17-2, 17 KOs). The 42-year-old Crawford lost his seventh straight bout dating back to 2004. (more…)
IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker has confirmed to Fightnews.com that IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez and former Steve Cunningham have been ordered to meet in an immediate rematch of their controversial fight on October 1. The rematch must take place within 120 days with the winner to face mandatory challenger Troy Ross. The rematch was ordered due to an improper stoppage recommendation from ring doctor Walter Wegner.
Cunningham was thrilled with the decision, tweeting “The IBF ordered the immediate rematch. The IBF is and has been a solid organization that follows their rules. All we ask for is a fair shake.”
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Making his professional debut at 52 years of age, Dewey Bozella won a four round unanimous decision over Larry Hopkins (0-4). It took Bozella a while to get going, throwing more punches as the bout progressed. After Hopkins took the first round, Bozella was able to land punches to the body, finally connecting more to the head in the third. In an odd sequence, Hopkins’ had difficulties keeping his mouthpiece inside his mouth in the fourth, prompting referee Marcos Rosales to deduct a point after the third time. Hopkins’ mouthpiece came out a total of six times during the fourth. All three judges scored the bout 39-36, 38-36, and 38-37 in favor of Bozella. After the fight, Bozella indicated that he was not sure if he would fight again.
Welterweight Nick Casal stopped previously-unbeaten Michael Anderson in the third round of a scheduled eight round bout. Casal (22-4-1, 16 KO’s) landed the more effective punches of the two in the first two rounds. In the third, Casal dropped Anderson (11-1-1, 9 KO’s) with a right uppercut to the head. Anderson got up, but was dropped again by a barrage of punches to the head. Casal went in for the kill after Anderson got up, although he missed with a lot of punches. Referee Marcos Rosales stepped in at 2:51 to stop the fight, even though it looked as though Anderson was not visibly hurt.
In a crossroads junior middleweight bout, Freddy Hernandez won a tough, workmanlike 10 round unanimous decision over Luis Collazo. Hernandez (30-2, 20 KO’s) was busier in the first two rounds, but Collazo was able to get going in the next two rounds, scoring with combinations to the head and body. Some rounds were very close, but Hernandez took control of the fight again in the later rounds. He dropped Collazo (31-5, 16 KO’s) with a left hook to the stomach in the eighth round and looked the fresher fighter of the two as the bout came to a close. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 96-93 in favor of Hernandez. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In a grudge match, WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over previously unbeaten Tony Bellew (16-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. In a very good action fight with many ebbs and flows, the bout seemed very close entering the championship rounds. Cleverly had more in rounds eleven and twelve to pull it out by scores of 114-114, 116-113, 117-112. After the fight Cleverly stated that he is looking forward to facing the winner of tonight’s Hopkins-Dawson WBC championship clash or WBA champ Beibut Shumenov.
2008 Olympic gold medalist James DeGale (11-1, 8 KOs) rebounded from his loss to George Groves in May by dethroning European super middleweight champion Piotr Wilczewski (29-2, 10 KOs) by twelve round majority decision. Wilczewski rocked DeGale with a right hand in round five that had DeGale holding on, but most rounds were close. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 115-113.
2008 Olympian middleweight Billy Joe Saunders (10-0, 7 KOs) destroyed Norbert Szekeres (9-8-3, 6 KOs) in the first round.
Unbeaten super middleweight “Rocky from Stocky” Fielding (9-0, 3 KOs) outpointed late sub Tommy Tolan (4-7, 3 KOs) over six ugly rounds. The referee scored it 60-54.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Polish light middleweight Damian Jonak (30-0, 20 KOs) won his third fight this year easily defeating overmatched Alex Bunema (31-8, 17 KOs) by scores of 100-89, 100-89 and 99-90 during the “Wojak Boxing Night” event in Katowice, Poland. Jonak acquired the WBA Intercontinental belt with superior speed and ring generalship. Bunema couldn’t handle Jonak’s jabs and straight punches and was knocked down in the second round. During the rest of the fight, the fighter from the Congo did not want to engage in any punch exchanges, staying behind a double guard and counting only on sporadic counterpunches.
22-year-old heavyweight Artur Szpilka (8-0, 6 KOs) had no problem to win his third consecutive fight by technical knockout when seasoned challenger Owen Beck (29-9, 20 KOs) retired on the stool after the third round. Szpilka, a southpaw, dominated from the opening round, connecting with almost all his punches, especially with his signature left hook. In the third round, after series of punches, Beck was on the verge of being knocked down, and his corner was ready to throw the towel and stop the uneven fight. (more…)
By John Cannon
On his last day of sparring in Philadelphia, Weslaco native and Golden Boy prospect Omar Figueroa injured his right leg which caused him to pull out of his upcoming main event fight on October 21st against the current WBC Youth Lightweight Champion Eric Cruz at the Pharr Events Center.
Omar Figueroa Sr., Omar Jr.’s trainer and manager, spoke about how the injury happened and the events that followed thereafter.
“He was wrapping up his last day of sparring in Philadelphia on Saturday and while going to the corner, his foot went outside of the ring, he stumbled and a nail that was sticking out cut his leg about 5 or 6 inches deep,” said Figueroa Sr. “When he got home, we called Golden Boy and told them what happened. They advised us to wait till Monday to see how he feels. Omar ended up getting 15 stitches and was limping really bad. On Monday, he was still limping and could not put any weight on his leg. Because of that, Golden Boy decided to cancel the fight and told us that we probably would not get anything else for the rest of the year.” (more…)
Photo: Michael Lopez
Former world champion Marvin Sonsona (15-1-1, 12 KOs) rebounded from his first loss with a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Jacobo (16-4-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico on Friday night. The bout took place at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, Philippines. The official scorecards read 98-91, 98-91 and 97-92 all in favor of Sonsona, who was in the ring for the first time since losing his WBO 122lb title to Wilfredo Vazquez in Puerto Rico 20 months ago. The event was promoted by Sammy Gello-ani.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I have no idea how Jameel McCline can say that we offered him an Adamek fight. We’ve had zero contact with him or his people,” says Adamek advisor Ziggy Rozalski. Adamek’s promoter Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, is also mystified. “I don’t know anything about it either. McCline’s manager called us Friday to find out if it’s true because nobody spoke to him either!”
McCline (39-10, 23 KOs), who fought last in April 2009, losing by fourth round KO to Chris Arreola, said in a recent boxing website interviews that the Adamek Team make him an offer to fight the popular Polish heavyweight contender. It was a surprise statement, to say the least, to the people who are helping manage “Goral’s” career. (more…)
From the Holiday Inn at Airport in El Paso, Texas for tonight’s “Battle at the Ballpark” card at Cohen Stadium, promoted by Zeferino Entertainment:
Jennifer Han 128.5 vs DJ Morrison 129.5
John Ryan Grimaldo 151.75 vs. Ulbaldo Torres 158.25
Eric Reza 239.5 vs. Darrill Schoonover 254.5
Joel Garcia 111.75 vs. Raymundo Torres 110.5
Jo Jo Galarza 135.5 vs. Raul Carrillo 134.5
Joseu Garcia 149.5 vs. Michael Gallegos Coca 148.25
Joe Sullivan 237.25 vs. Patrick Dixon 205.0
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA/WBC interim miniumweight champion Juan Palacios did not attend the official weigh-in at the Nicaraguan Sports Institute on Friday for his scheduled bout tonight against Panamanian Carlos “Shanghai” Melo, forcing promoter Prodesa to cancel the main event for tonight’s show in the Alexis Arguello Gym in Managua. This is the second consecutive time that Palacios has failed to make weight after losing his WBA belt on the scale in August. Although Palacios had moved up to the jr flyweight division, one source indicated he was may have been near 114 lbs. on Friday, far exceeding the 109lb contract weight.
Two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) was interviewed last night on the TyC Sports boxing telecast featuring the WBA-mandated world featherweight championship rematch between Celestino Caballero and Jonathan Victor Barros. Narvaez spoke briefly about his upcoming challenge of WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire on October 22nd at MSG’s WaMu Theater in New York City. Although Narvaez is boxing’s longest reigning world champion having held titles at 112 or 115 since 2002 and he made 16 defenses of his WBO flyweight title alone, he is given little chance to win by most pundits, but that doesn’t bother Narvaez at all.
“I know that I am the underdog for this fight. These are the kind of fights that I want to be in because this will bring out the best in me. It would have been nice if we could have fought when we both were world champions at 112 pounds but that is not the case. Everyone is going to find out that I too am fast and strong, as well. I’m going to surprise a lot of people October 22nd. I’m coming to bring those titles back to Argentina,” promised Narvaez as the large crowd at Luna Park Stadium erupted in a roar of support.
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) will defend his title for the eighth time in Ludwigsburg, Germany next Saturday when he is challenged by 6’6 Argentinian southpaw Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs). “I have done sparring with a lot of tall guys,” said Huck. “I don’t care what size Rossi is. He will go down. I enter the ring to win and to please my fans. And they can again expect an explosive performance….I will give everything from the first second onwards and it will be an exciting clash.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Elongated southpaw and top contender Yuji Wauke (15-3-1, 7 KOs), 140, captured the Japanese super-light belt as he badly dropped defending titlist Shinya Nagase (19-4-2, 9 KOs), 139.75, with a southpaw right hook in the opening session, steadily piled up points with accurate combinations and pounded out a unanimous decision (97-93, 98-93 and 99-92) over ten fast rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The early knockdown might deprive the champ of his rhythm and reflexes in later rounds, and it became a nearly lopsided affair although Nagase kept swinging more punches—without precision—than the counterpuncher. Wauke completely dominated the second half to confirm his coronation. Having entered Watanabe Gym at the age of seventeen, it took thirteen years for Wauke to acquire the national belt by displaying his career-best performance. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
Two-time WBA title challenger Prawet Singwancha (44-3-2, 26 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over JBC #7 Kosuke Iwashita (13-11-2, 7 KOs) to retain his WBC international 140lb title on Friday at Pattavikorn Market in Bangkok, Thailand. Although it seemed not an easy job for WBC #4 ranked Prawet as Japanese Iwashita displayed his fighting spirit during a twelve-round “heat battle,” the experienced Thai fighter still controlled the show and he completely dominated in every round with his more accurate punches, especially with his vicious bodyshots. All scorecards were 120-108 for the local fighter.
In other action, WBO #1 122-pounder and two-time WBO title challenger Sod Looknongyangtoy (53-2-1, 21 KOs) won all six rounds in a 60-54 unanimous decision over Indonesian Hendry Barongsay (reportedly 11-15-3).
WBA #2 minimim Pigmy Muangchaiyaphum (44-6-2,19 KOs) stopped Rino Ukru (reportedly 13-11) at 1:00 of round three. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (16-0, 11KO) stayed perfect with a punishing fifth round knockout, in a scheduled eight round featherweight bout, over relic and one time WBO bantamweight title challenger, Gerardo “Locomotora” Espinoza (28-12, 26KO) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Espinoza, fighting for the first time in five years, started his career with an impressive 20-1 record but towards the end of his first incarnation as a fighter served as a stepping stone for up and coming fighters. Resuming the role as stepping stone for Lopez, Espinoza was respectable enough but the speed of the 24-year-old Lopez proved to be too much for the just 31-year-old, but battle worn, Espinoza to handle. Lopez had Espinoza on the canvas towards the end of the second round, courtesy of a couple hard left hooks but Lopez was able to rise at the count of eight and then survive the round. Lopez finally wore Espinoza down with body shots and it was a perfect left hook to the liver that ended the bout as the referee counted out Espinoza at 0:43 of the fifth round. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Lightweight prospect Michael “The Artist” Perez (15-0-1, 9 KOs) used a vicious body attack to chop down Tyrone Harris (24-9, 16 KOs) in round two on Friday night at the Coliseo Rafael G. Amalbert in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Perez dropped Harris three times in round two with body shots and the bout was waved off shortly after. Time was 2:28.
Undefeated WBO #9 rated super bantamweight Jayson Velez (17-0, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Jonathan Arias (16-6, 9 KOs). Velez dropped Arias in rounds three and five and the bout was waved off after the second knockdown. Time was :23. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Featherweight Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (17-2-1, 8 KOs) impressively annihilated previously unbeaten Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco (19-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Cruz landed left/right combination to the jaw that left Franco laid out face down at 2:59 of the first round.
Unbeaten jr featherweight Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (4-0-1, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time in a controversial four round draw against Lamar Charlton (1-2-1, 1 KO). Charlton was incorrectly credited with a knockdown of Socarras in round four, which made the scores 38-37 Charlton, 38-37 Socarras and 38-38.
Jr middleweights Jordon Wesenfeld (0-0-2) and Luis Torres (1-1-1) battled to a four round draw. Fightnews has Wesenfeld the winner.
Jr middleweight Danny Pastrana (4-2) took a four round split decision against Ashanti Hendrickson (5-10-1, 3 KOs).
An elated Hany Atiyo (11-0, 8 KOs) of Egypt poses with Houcine Hounichi supervisor with the WBC and ABU African Boxing Union after his biggest win to date Friday night. Atiyo defeated local fighter Boniface Kabore (13-2, 8 KOs) by way of 5th round TKO in Maison du Peuple, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Africa. It was the first time Atiyo fought outside his native Eypt and he passed his test with flying colors. Atiyo picked up the vacant African Boxing Union light heavyweight title with the victory.
In a WBA-mandated rematch, Celestino Caballero (35-4, 23 KOs) of Panama won the WBA featherweight championship by way of unanimous decision over now former champion Jonathan Victor Barros (33-2-1, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the famous Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Caballero erased all controversy from the first fight that he lost by split decision and completely dominated this fight from beginning to end. Caballero almost was able to get Barros out of there in round 11 but Barros survived the round. The official scores were 116-111, 118-111, 116-112 all in favor of Caballero, who previously was a unified champion at 122.
Light heavyweight Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (27-1, 17 KOs) scored a fouth round stoppage of Jose Hilton Dos Santos (31-15-1, 20 KOs). Bolonti dropped Dos Santos in round one and got the stoppage with a series of unanswered right hands in the fourth round. Bolonti retains his WBC Latino belt.
Former WBA light heavyweight champion Hugo Garay (34-7, 18 KOs) was surprisingly stopped in round five by Cesar Crenz (20-5, 13 Os). In his first bout since his unsuccessful WBO cruiserweight title challenge against Marco Huck in July, Garay was dropped by a right left combination in round five and got the stoppage with his followup barrage.
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