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Matt Hughes is probably tired of me bringing up this topic (you can even see it as the lead to the defining moments piece linked below), but as the two-time welterweight champion celebrates his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame tonight, I couldn’t help but remind him of his words to me the first time I interviewed him in 2001 before his Extreme Challenge bout against Chatt Lavender . . . Cick here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Karl Freitag
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) will be sporting a new look when he defends his title against Albert Sosnowski today on PPV at 3PM ET/noon PT. Vitali will enter the ring with a beard for the first time in his career. Although it doesn’t look half-bad, the champion says he plans to shave it off after the fight because he wants to look neat when he is presented with a medal of honor in Kiev next week. As for Sosnowski, Vitali stated, “My KO ratio is 97%, therefore my chances of winning are at 97%.” Vitali has the highest KO rate of any champion in heavyweight history, although his KO rate actually went down to 94.8% after survival-minded Kevin Johnson went the full twelve in his last fight. Sosnowski has vowed that he will attack Klitschko in any way possible and become the first Polish heavyweight champion. A large contingent of Polish fans are expected to be among the 60,000+ on hand at the Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
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Former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin and Hitz Boxing Founder Bobby Hitz pose together at the weigh-in prior to tomorrow night’s “Quest for 50″ event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Griffin will be vying for his 50th career victory in the main event against Buffalo’s Ross “The Boss” Thompson.
Montell Griffin 179.6 vs. Ross Thompson 192.5
Henry Coyle 155 vs. Marcus Luck 156
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Click here for a special feature on Irish junior middleweight Henry Coyle…
By Chris Perry at ringside
Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5, 45 KOs) scored his second first round KO in less than a week on Friday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. This time it took Briggs 98 seconds to demolish Rob Calloway (70-12-2, 57 KOs). Briggs dropped Calloway three times before the bout was waved off. Briggs knocked out Dominique Alexander in 20 seconds last Saturday night in New York City.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight Adam Seal (8-1, 7 KOs) scored an upset fifth round TKO over veteran Daniel Judah (23-6-3, 10 KOs). The bout was waved off at the 2:40 mark.
Puerto Rico will have two of their world champions defending their titles tonight May 29th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (18-0-1, 15 KOs) will be defending against unbeaten Universum-promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) in the 12 round main event. Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) will defend against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs). A large capacity crowd is anticipated to be on hand to support their two world champions. Where some fighters may see this as pressure, Vázquez Jr. and Martínez don’t see it that way at all. (more…)
Two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan (33-5-2, 20 KOs) of Argentina stopped Jailer Berrio of Colombia (19-6, 11 KOs) in round five to win the vacant WBC Latino welterweight title. Berrio scored well early and gave Lujan trouble but never seriously hurt him. The tide turned in round four beginning with a flash knockdown scored by Lujan. Berrio beat the count easily but Lujan charged him immediately and landed a vicious left hook that put him down again. Berrio managed to beat the count and was saved by the bell. Lujan swarmed Berrio with a volume of punches at the beginning of round five and again put him down. Berrio beat the count but more of the same followed seconds later and when Berrio went down again the referee stopped the fight without a count. The bout took place at the Estadio U.T.N. in Santa Fe, Santa Fe, Argentina. The event was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Producciones
In the 10 round co-featured WBC Latino lightweight title bout Marcelino Nicolas Lopez (18-0, 7 KOs) of Argentina edged countryman Alberto Santillan (16-5, 5 KOs) by majority decision. The bout was closely contested with both fighters having their moments. No knockdowns were scored though both fighters had the other hurt in the bout. The official scores were 97-94 and 96-94 for Lopez. The other judge had it even at 95-95.
By Dave Spencer (Fightnews Canada) at ringside
WBC #12 super middleweight contender Librado Andrade (29-3, 22 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over comebacking former WBC super middleweight champion Eric Lucas (39-7-3, 15 KOs) on Friday night in a highly-anticipated showdown at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City. In a good action fight, Andrade, fighting in Canada for the fourth consecutive time, simply had too much energy and durability for Lucas, who turns 39 at midnight tonight. The face of Lucas was progressively showing the effects of the fight with cuts over both eyes and a bloody nose. The fight was waved off after round eight. With the win, Andrade somewhat eases the memory of his title fight loss to current IBF champion Lucien Bute last November in the same building. Lucas said before the fight that he would retire if he didn’t win.
Middleweight Marcus Upshaw (13-4-1, 6 KOs) upset Renen St-Juste (24-2-1, 14 KOs). Upshaw was credited with a knockdown when St. Juste turned his back on him in round four and went on to win a ten round split decision. (more…)
Mike Lee 174 vs Emmitt Woods 171
Jesus Soto-Karass 149 vs Gabriel Martinez 149
Jose Luis Soto-Karass 138 vs Ivan Popoca 138
Jose Benavidez 139 vs Ronnie Peterson 138.5
Wendell Henley 147 vs Marcus Thompkins 145
Antonio Avila 134 vs David Laque 138
Krystof Zimnoch 230 vs Michael Moncrief 245
Venue: UIC Pavillion, Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: Top Rank/8 Count
TV: Fox Sports Espanol
Unbeaten jr middleweight Yudell Johnson (6-0, 4 KOs) takes on Juliano Ramos (16-3, 13 KOs) next Friday (June 4) at the Fuchs Pavilion located at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds. Johnson, a Cuban Defector who won the silver medal at the Olympics in Athens, Greece in 2004, is fighting his first main event. The co-main features undefeated welterweight Kenny Galarza (13-0, 13 KOs) against fellow unbeaten Brad Solomon (11-0, 4 KOs). There will be six additional bouts featuring Cuban and Puerto Rican Olympians and other up and coming international boxers. ESPN2 will televise.
Heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) returns June 26 against Horace Ray “The Reeazon” Grant (15-2, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. “Grano is probably the most popular boxer in New England,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. “He has a growing legion of fans that support him whenever he fights.” Super bantamweight Mike Oliver (23-2, 8 KOs) faces former world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-13-2, 23 KOs) in the co-feature. Tickets are $40, $60 and $105. Call 401.724.2253.
Anthony Springer Jr. at the scales
From the UFC FanExpo at Mandalay Bay for tomorrow night’s UFC 114 card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, televised on PPV:
Rashad Evans 206 vs. Rampage Jackson 205
Michael Bisping 186 vs. Dan Miller 185
Jason Brilz 205 vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 205
John Hathaway 171 vs. Diego Sanchez 171
Todd Duffee 253 vs. Mike Russow 253
Preliminary fights, televised on SPIKE TV
Dong Hyun Kim 171 vs. Amir Sadollah 171
Efrain Escudero 156 vs. Dan Lauzon 155
Melvin Guillard 155 vs. Waylon Lowe 155
Luiz Cane 205 vs. Cyrille Diabate 205
Joe Brammer 156 vs. Aaron Riley 156
Jesse Forbes 186 vs. Ryan Jensen 185
IBF jr flyweight champion Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara and Luis “El Mosquito” Lazarte weighed in this afternoon at the 15 De Diciembre Hotel in Mar del Plata Argentina. Tamara weighed in at the maximun of 108 lbs (49kilos) and Lazarte weighed in at 107 lbs (48.5 kilos). The Tamara-Lazarte fight will be held Saturday night at the Once Unidos Arena in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Former WBA jr welter champ Souleymane M’baye (39-3-1, 21 KOs) won the vacant WBA interim welterweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Antonin Decarie (23-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in Paris, France. Scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 116-113. M’Baye dropped Decarie in round four. Nice win for the personable 35-year-old Levallois fighter M’Baye, who relinquished his European 140lb title to fight for the world belt in a higher weight division.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated 130 pounder Ahmed Elomar (17-1-2, 10 KOs) returned to ring action after eighteen months out of the ring and scored a fifth round knockout over Filipino Abner Llanasa (3-10) at Adeel’s Palace Reception Center, Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia Friday. Elomar’s last ring appearance was in November 2008 when he scored a 1st round knockout over then world rated William Kickett. Former amateur champion – Elomar captured the Australian 130 pound title in 2005 when he won a nine round technical decision over Daniel Hoskins. On the undercard, hot lightweight prospect Paul Fleming (6-0, 5 KOs) outscored Michael Corea (2-1-1,1KO) of the Philippines over six rounds. Promoter Billy Hussein. Click here for more photos…
Omar Chávez 147 vs. Rodrigo Juárez 145
José Luis “Maestrito” López 170 vs. Panchito Sierra 170
Lizardo Moreno 127 vs. Guadalupe “Lupillo” Hernández 127
José Carlos Vargas 118 vs Jonathan Lecona 118
Venue: Feria de León, Guanajuto, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA super flyweight champion Rafael “Torito” Concepcion has rejected an offer to fight WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel on July 17. According to Concepcion, Zanfer Promotions offered $20,000. “They know that offer is very little and therefore I won’t fight. I’m a boxer with a lot of class,” said Concepcion. Other sources indicate that Concepcion could replace Jorge Arce in Texas on June 26 against WBO interim champion Eric Morel. In any event, Concepcion has a fight on June 19 against Felipe Murillo in Chiriquí, Panama.
Juan Carlos Burgos 125 vs Ricardo Castillo 125
(WBC featherweight elliminator)
Fernando Beltran 127.6 vs Angel Gonzalez 126.5
Venue: Tecate Boxing Tour Arena in Guadalajara, Mexico
Promoter: HB Boxing, Banner, Thompson Boxing
Photos by Pr Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. 122 vs Zsolt Bedak 121
(WBO junior featherweight championship)
Roman Martinez 130 vs Gonzalo Munguia 129.5
(WBO junior lightweight championship)
Hanna Gabriel 152 vs Gardy Pena 152
(WBO female super welterweight championship)
McWilliams Arroyo 113.5 vs Samuel Gutierrez 113.5
McJoe Arroyo 119 vs Jairo Delgado 118
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
At the Windhoek Hotel, Resort and Country Club in Namibia, Venezuelan Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (26-3-2, 20 KOs) and Namibian Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (25-0, 17 KOs) both came in under the lightweight limit in advance of their clash this Saturday to unify the WBA lightweight Interim and regular championship. Acosta weighed in at 134 and Moses tipped the scale at 132. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Vitali Klitschko 247 (112 kg) vs Albert Sosnowski 224.5 (101,8 kg)
(WBC heavyweight championship)
Johnathon Banks 225.5 vs Jason Gavern 225.5
(NABF heavyweight title)
Nendad Borovcanin 219 vs Raymond Ochieng 218
Venue: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Promoter: K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group
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By Ricardo Conde
In his last outing, USBA featherweight champion, Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, under the watchful eye of his brother, former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia and his father Eduardo Garcia, defeated Pedro “El Vaquero” Navarrete (24-8-3, 13 KOs) of Mexico via unanimous decision on Latin Fury 14, which featured the return of the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Librado Andrade 169.1 vs. Eric Lucas 169.3
Renan St-Juste 159.7 vs. Marcus Upshaw 159.7
Pier Olivier Cote 134.9 vs. Hugo Armenta 135.4
Pipino Cuevas Jr 131.5 vs. Benoit Gaudet 131.3
Francy Ntetu 170.5 vs. Ahmad Selemani 170.8
Eric Martel 246.8 vs. Chad Thrun 218.1
John Hoffman 153.1 vs. Mikael Zewski 150.8
Venue: Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Souleymane M’Baye and Antonin Decarie both came in under the welterweight limit as they get ready to clash this Friday for the vacant WBA Interim welterweight championship. M’Baye weighed in at 146.2 and Decarie tipped the scale at 146.7. The fight will be In Levallois Perret, France. Referee Mikael Hook (Sweden) will be the third man. The three judges are Pierluigi Poppi (Italy), Jose Ignacio Martinez (Spain) and Jhon Coyle (England). The fight supervisor is Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (Venezuela), who is also the WBA executive Vice-President.
Report & photos by Chris Perry
The official weigh-in for the International Championship Boxing Knockout Series May 28 event at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia was held on Thursday at Knuckleheads Roadhouse in Virginia Beach. On a quest for another heavyweight title opportunity, Shannon Briggs will challenge ring veteran Rob Calloway in Friday night’s main event. Briggs (50-5-1, 44 KOs) weighed in at 266 pounds while Calloway (75-11-2, 60 KOs) was 212 pounds. (more…)
One of the world’s most accomplished mixed martial artists will meet one of the sport’s most decorated wrestlers in a can’t-miss grappling contest just added to this week’s UFC® FAN EXPO™.
UFC President Dana White announced today that UFC star and MMA legend Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi will take on three-time Division I All-American wrestler and WEC star Shane Roller in a grappling superfight slated for Saturday, May 29 at 1PM PT inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. (more…)
Story by David L. Hudson
This power-punching heavyweight has won 50 professional boxing matches, including a literal last-second win over Sergei Lyakhovich to win the WBO world heavyweight title. He possesses devastating power as witnessed by his 44 stoppages, but this pugilist has shown severe stamina problems at times in part due to his asthma. He has squared off against former heavyweight champions George Foreman, Lennox Lewis, Ray Mercer and Sultan Ibragimov in a career that began in 1992 with 10 first round stoppages in his first 12 bouts. He reeled off 25 consecutive victories to begin his career before a surprising kayo loss to Darroll Wilson.
His name is Shannon Briggs . . Click here for more
Interview by David Finger
After a career that has spanned nearly 18 years, it appears that Rob “All-American Prizefighter” Calloway (70-11-2, 57 KO’s) is close to calling it a career.
Besides owning one of the most successful fitness clubs in St. Joseph, Missouri (the Team Calloway Family Heath & Fitness Club) he also has started working as a physical therapist. It appears that Calloway looks poised to enter his post-boxing life with more going for him than most former fighters . . . Click here for more
In the sport of mixed martial arts, confidence needs to be a part of your makeup if you have designs on being among the best in the world. This aspect of fighting is not lost on former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who has had no lack of faith in himself in the weeks and months leading up to his Saturday showdown with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. . . . Click for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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