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By Bill Hillman; photo by John Booz
Legendary warrior Mickey Ward poses with manager Wasfi Tolaymat at Friday’s CFC Promotions “Chicago Fight Night III” event at the Club Chicago in Burbank, Illinois. Ward – and former trainer/step brother Dickie Eklund – were in Chicago to work the corners of their fighters, jr welterweight Sean Eklund (10-4, 2 KOs) and super middleweight “Irish” Joe McCreedy (13-5-2, 6 KOs). (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Due to incidents that took place Friday night at the DC Star Nightclub in Washington, DC, the Diva Rize-N Promotions card scheduled for tonight was cancelled shortly before the first bell because the DC Metropolitan Police Department shut down the venue. The 11-bout card was scheduled to feature former world cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell and local light heavyweight prospect Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan in separate bouts.
According to MPD Captain Jeff Brown, there has been a series of incidents at the club in recent weeks that escalated into a stabbing that happened at DC Star Friday night. “Because of those types of incidents, the club has to be shut down for a period of 96 hours while the club’s operations are reviewed,” Brown said. (more…)
Unbeaten WBA #6/WBO #2 welterweight Kell Brook (25-0, 17 KOs) scored a dominating sixth round TKO over IBF #5/WBO #14 Rafal Jackiewicz (38-10-1, 19 KOs) in what had been billed as a WBA world title eliminator at the sold out Ponds Forge International Arena in Sheffield, England. The quicker Brook had the fight all his way as Jackiewicz was unable to get any significant offense in play. The one-sided fight was finally waved off by referee Howard Foster at 2:36. It was the first time Jackiewicz has been stopped. Brook said after the fight that he never needed to leave second gear to win.
Former European lightweight champion John Murray says he will be returning to England with the WBA lightweight title after his December 3 clash with world champion Brandon Rios on December 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. “I’m really confident I can do it,” Murray told the BBC. “Brandon Rios is a great come-forward fighter, same as myself, but I just think these weaknesses in his offense are something I can exploit and I’m ultra-confident I can win this fight and win the world title.” The bout will take place on the undercard of Cotto-Margarito.
By Dennis Principe
Filipino Donnie Nietes became a two-division world champion by dethroning Ramon Garcia of Mexico in their 12-round WBO lightflyweight title fight at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City south of Manila, Philippines.
Nietes controlled the first half of the fight with his busy right hand, with the Filipino being the aggressor from the start. Garcia tried to be assertive in round five but the Mexican got caught with a strong left upper cut and a left to the body. Nietes had another big round as he wobbled Garcia with a big right then followed it up by an uppercut in the sixth.
The southpaw Garcia became unrelenting with his attacks which started to pay off as he was now connecting some big lefts and some combinations to the body starting in the seventh round. Clashing of heads in the 10th caused a small cut on Nietes’ left eyebrow. Another accidental headbutt aggravated the same cut in the 11th, forcing referee Robert Byrd to ask the ring physician to check the ugly gash.
When action resumed, Nietes surprised the good-sized crowd as he went toe-toe with Garcia, hitting the Mexican with clearer blows. Garcia remained aggressive but was missing most of his shots, enabling Nietes to remain on his feet and snatch the win. Filipino judge Danrex Tapdasan had it 115-113, Lisa Giampa scored it 118-110 while Carlos Ortiz penned it 117-111 all for the Filipino hometown bet. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Two-time world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares has completed his training in the Philippines and will travel today to the United States to finalize his preparations for his clash for the vacant WBC lightweight world title against Antonio DeMarco on October 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Linares spent three weeks Pacquiao’s training camp and sparred 25 rounds with the Pacman. Describing his time with Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach, Linares said both are “very simple, committed and do highly professional work, and I like that….Pacquiao is always giving me good advice.”
Former WBO minimumweight champion Donnie Nietes (29-1-3, 16 KOs) won the WBO light flyweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Ramon “Principe” Garcia (16-3-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the University of St. La Salle Gymnasium in Bacolod City, Philippines. Nietes was in command early, then withstood a late Garcia surge to prevail by scores of 117-111, 118-110 and 115-113. The bout seemed close and Garcia camp was outraged by the scoring, especially the cards that gave Gracia only two and three rounds, demanding a rematch.
2011 has certainly not been the year of the referee. With Russell Mora turning a blind eye to the low blows Joseph Agbeko received against Abner Mares and Joe Cortez’ inability to control the outcome of Floyd Mayweather’s controversial stoppage of Victor Ortiz, it was only a matter of time before another referee found himself in the midst of controversy. Unfortunately for Jay Nady, he was next in line . . . Click here for more
Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.
Saturday’s UFC 136 features two of the promotion’s lighter weight class on display. The night’s co-main event features a featherweight wrecking machine Jose Aldo looking to continue his reign of dominance over the division. His opposite, Kenny Florian, a fighter chasing the ever elusive UFC gold and a big match win.
The Aztec Princess: Three words that, when uttered to any Tijuanense, it brings a smile to their face, whether they are woman, man or child.
She fights like they live, always coming forward with skill but always ready to go down swinging. After two hard fought highly popular wars versus Ana Maria Torres, the former two-time female super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava comes back to her home city to in her view, give back to the people . . . Click here for more
Sources in Colombia are reporting that promoter Gary Shaw has been in the Coast of Colombia for the better part of the week, finalizing contracts with a group of Colombian fighters. The word is Shaw signed Juan Carlos Carrillo, Alex Theran (3-0, 2KOs), Jhonatan Romero (18-0, 11 KOs), and Daulis Prescott (23-0, 17 KOs), younger brother of Amir Khan conquerer Bredis Prescott during his stay. Last week it was reported on Fightnews that Shaw had signed unbeaten world ranked lightweight Darley Perez (23-0, 18 KOs) and he already has Colombian and former world champion Yhonny Perez (20-2-1, 14 KOs) under contract. Shaw is scheduled to leave Colombia Saturday morning.
World Boxing Federation (WBF) Women’s Flyweight Title
Irma Sanchez 110.3 vs Suzana Cruz 110,47 Lbs.
Promoter: HG Boxing
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
WBF Supervisor: Sergio Sotelo.
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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Friday’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation will replay on SHO EXTREME Tuesday, October 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and be available On Demand from Monday, October 10.
In a battle of unbeaten lightweights on Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation, the charismatic Sharif “The Lion” Bogere knocked out Francisco Contreras in the third round to remain undefeated and continue his rise up the rankings toward a world title fight.
In the co-feature on SHOWTIME from Las Vegas, undefeated junior middleweight Jermell Charlo of Houston won a comfortable unanimous decision against Francisco Santana of Santa Barbara, Calif., by scores of 79-73 twice and 78-74 in an eight-round bout. For more details and photos click here…
By Bill Hillmann at ringside
Middleweight IBF #7 Osumanu Adama (20-2, 15 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career with a ninth round TKO over former IBF light middleweight champion and IBF #6 Roman “Made In Hell” Karmazin (40-5-2, 26 KOs) in an important IBF world title eliminator on Friday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd at “The Club” in Burbank, Illinios, a suburb of fight-starved Chicago. Adama staggered Karmazin in round five with a left hook and had him reeling around the ring in rounds eight and nine before Karmazin’s corner threw in the towel. Time was :58.
The welterweight co-feature between former WBA world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-7-1, 19 KOs) and Jermaine “Hawk” White (17-4, 9 KOs) was cancelled due to an issue with White’s bloodwork. (more…)
Photo: Emily Harney
Looking to rebound from the first and only loss of his career, Vladine Biosse of Providence, R.I., fought to a majority draw against veteran John Mackey in the main event of Friday’s “Rhode Warriors” boxing show at the Twin River Event Center, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports. (more…)
In a battle of undefeated lightweights, popular Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (21-0, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular third round knockout to successfully defend his NABO lightweight title against previously unbeaten Francisco Contreras (16-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. A right hand to the jaw followed by a glancing blow off the shoulder laid out Contreras face down for the count at 2:01. Contreras was down for an extended time and was taken from the ring on a stretcher. He appeared conscious.
Undefeated junior middleweight Jermell Charlo (16-0, 7 KOs) showed skills in boxing his way to an eight round unanimous decision over Francisco Santana (12-3-1, 6 KOs). Santana had his best moment in round six, hurting Charlo, but for the most part he was content to plod after Charlo eating a steady diet of leather. Scores were 79-73, 78-74, 79-73.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
In a nationally televised Australian heavyweight championship contest Michael “Iron Rhino” Kirby (10-4-2, 5 KOs) outpointed former champion Colin “Kid Coalminer” Wilson (35-28-1, 21 KOs) in a ten round slugfest at the Gold Coast hotel in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia Friday. 6’5″ southpaw Wilson, 39 years and 250 lbs, came to fight and stood toe to toe with 6’3″ 35-year-old Kirby, 271 lbs, but it was the younger man who outworked his more experienced opponent in most of the rounds. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermont
Former world title challenger Shannan “Bulli Blaster” Taylor (52-10-3, 37 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of Sintung Kietbusaba (11-8, 10 KOs) of a scheduled twelve round contest at the Wollongong Basketball Stadium in Wollongong, NSW, Australia on Friday to capture the WBF world and the IBF Pan Pacific title. Taylor controlled the fight in round one as he scored with accurate left jabs and right crosses but the import came back well in round two as he delivered solid shots to the body. The hard punching Aussie stepped up a gear in round three and dropped his opponent with a power left hook and later a barrage to the head that had the Thai down again but he survived to hear the bell. (more…)
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Today at a press conference in Mexico city, the boxing card “CAMPEONES DE GALA EN CALPULALPAN” was announced, where Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez, will defend for the third time, her WBC flyweight title against Gabriela Bouvier, from Uruguay, in a rematch. Their last bout finished in a TKO by Mariana in the seventh round. For more details and photos click here…
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