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Fonfara stops Chavez Jr after nine

Fonfara stops Chavez Jr after nine

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Crawford explodes on Dulorme wins by KO6

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Matthysse defeats Provodnikov in war

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February 6th, 2012



Boxing News

Peter Hanraths back with Universum

Former Universum managing director Peter Hanraths, the man who discovered Dariusz “Tiger“ Michalczewski, Michael Löwe, the Klitschkos, Felix Sturm and Jürgen Brähmer, before retiring for health reasons seven years ago is back with the company. “Yes, it’s true, I can and will help Waldemar Kluch with his boxers to get to the top once again,” said Hanraths, now 66. “But I don’t need an official title. I’m a consultant for the new Universum and can do most my work from home. I need no training and will start immediately with negotiations for television partners. I also have some new and boxers who would like to fight for Universum. There’s a lot to do.”



February 6th, 2012

Boxing News

It’s Official: Sauerland Inks “Golden Jack”

Sauerland Promotions has officially signed 2009 world amateur champion and unbeaten highly touted junior middleweight prospect ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay (10-0, 6 KOs). Culcay’s first official fight under the Sauerland banner will take place on the undercard of the WBA heavyweight championship clash featuring champion Alexander Povetkin defending against challenger Marco Huck February 25th. Culcay based out of Germany by way of his native Ambato, Ecuador will fight in a special eight round junior middleweight featured attraction against an opponent to be announced shortly.



February 6th, 2012

Column

Fightwriter: Weekend Review

By Graham Houston

In the U.S. the big fight of the weekend was Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. outpointing Marco Antonio Rubio, in Europe it was the cruiserweight championship war in Germany that saw Yoan Pablo Hernandez win a unanimous decision over Steve Cunningham in their rematch.

Chavez looked huge at a fight-night weight of 181 pounds and Rubio couldn’t budge him. Rumours of less-than-ideal preparation (trouble making weight, a drink-driving charge in Los Angeles that was revealed the day of the fight) raised hopes for Rubio backers but this was like boxers from different weight divisions meeting.

Even though Chavez back-pedalled and coasted occasionally, perhaps to conserve energy, he was mostly bullying Rubio and banging him around. (more…)



February 6th, 2012

Full Report

Full Report: Spivey-Vasquez

By Kurt Wolfheimer and Chris Perry at ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey

Saturday night at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions returned to the New Jersey scene in a big way with an explosive card called appropriately Super Brawl 1 which was stocked with several highly competitive bouts that entertained a raucous crowd of over thousand strong. In the ten round main event, “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey (41-6, 30 KOs) captured the NABA lightweight title, outslugging Victor Vasquez (14-6-1, 7 KOs) en-route to hard fought seventh round stoppage. Heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) captured the vacant IBS North American Continental title with a brutal second round knockout of David Saulsbury (7-5, 7 KOs) in the eight round co-feature of the evening. For more details and photos click here…



February 6th, 2012

Full Report

Full Report: Hanks-Pedro

Photos: Ed Diller/Star Boxing

Sports fans in Albany, New York turned out in droves on Saturday night as Star Boxing presented “KO AT THE TU” at the Times Union Center. In front of a loud and supportive crowd approaching 4,000 strong, heavyweight contender Joe “The Future “ Hanks (19-0, 13 KOs) defended his IBA Americas Title by second round TKO against 6’7 Cuban Rafael Pedro (21-10-1, 15 KOs).

The 28-year-old Hanks took the fight right at Pedro, pressuring the giant with piston like jabs and crunching body shots, easily winning the opening stanza. The assault continued in the second round when the proceedings ended abruptly. With Pedro attempting to fend off Hanks, he fell to the canvas after attempting a right hook. Suffering from an apparent dislocated right shoulder, Pedro informed the referee he was unable to continue and the bout was stopped at the 0:48 mark of the round. (more…)



February 6th, 2012

Boxing Result

Yuba wins fourth national belt

By Joe Koizumi

35-year-old veteran southpaw Tadashi Yuba (40-7-2, 30 KOs), 159.25, acquired his fourth national belt as he won the vacant Japanese middleweight throne by dispatching JBC top ranked Carlos Linares (8-2, 8 KOs), 160, a Japan-based Venezuelan, at 0:39 of the seventh round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was a grueling bout as both displayed what they had to such a fullest extent that they became apparently exhausted as the contest progressed. In the first three sessions it was Carlos, the younger brother of formerly two-time world champ Jorge Linares that was in complete command to have the crowd sense that it would be a matter of time. Linares had the elongated southpaw at bay with his fine showing of resistless aggressiveness. The tide amazingly turned in the fourth as Yuba, obviously behind on points, attempted a do-or-die attack and fortunately floored the aggressor with a solid left midway in the round. (more…)



February 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Team Rubio charges Chavez Jr. dodged doping test

Promociones del Pueblo, representatives of Marco Antonio Rubio, claim WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. violated the WBC regulation that stipulates that in title fights the fighters must leave a urine sample for drug testing with the doctor of the local commission, in this case Texas. According to Team Veneno Rubio “at the end of the fight, in a very suspicious way, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. practically fled from the dressing room without leaving a sample to be medically evaluated later.”

Team Veneno Rubio further charges that the attitude of Chavez Jr. and his team is very suspicious, as if they are trying to hide something. They question why during the press conference when Chavez was asked why he had not left a urine sample for examination, he chose to ignore that question while answering other comfortable questions. They also allege that the question was asked to WBC President Jose Sulaiman, whom they claim shrugged his shoulders and said “we forgot.” (more…)



February 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Chavez was arrested for DUI during training camp

By Karl Freitag

Just two weeks prior to his defense against Marco Antonio Rubio, during what would have the peak of his training camp, WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez was arrested in Los Angeles on charges of drunk driving at the late, late hour of 4:38AM. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website, the Son of the Legend was held for about six hours and must return to court on March 16 at 8:30AM. At the time of his arrest, Chavez was listed as weighing 175lbs and it is known that he had difficulty making weight for his fight with Rubio, although he successfully made the 160lb limit on the first try. In the 30 hours or so between the weigh-in and fight, Chavez bulked up nearly 22 pounds according to HBO.



February 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Hernandez, Cunningham postfight quotes

Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) defended his IBF cruiserweight title with two knockdowns and a points victory over Steve Cunningham (24-4, 12 KOs) in Frankfurt on Saturday night. Next up for Hernandez is a mandatory defense against Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs), who outpointed journeyman Lukas Rusiewicz (10-12, 3 KOs) on the undercard.

Yoan Pablo Hernandez: “This is a big victory for me. But I take my hat off to Steve, he is a great, great fighter and once again proved his world class. But our strategy worked today and I am very happy about the outcome.”

Steve Cunningham: “I congratulate Hernandez for the win tonight. I fought hard and gave it my all. I know I’ll will be back stronger than ever. There were two warriors in the ring tonight and this warrior still wants the belt back. Many thanks to my fans and God bless.” (more…)



February 5th, 2012

UFC

Condit upsets Diaz for UFC interim welter title

Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Nick Laham/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images 

As the adage goes in team sports, “defense wins championships.”

That now holds true for MMA.

Using a defensive strategy and varied striking, Carlos Condit defeated Nick Diaz to snare the UFC interim welterweight championship to set up a meeting with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. (more…)



February 5th, 2012

Boxing Result

Chavez Jr. retains title

By John Cannon and Rolando Salazar at ringside
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KOs) successfully defended his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (53-6-1, 47 KOs) on Saturday night before 14,120 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Rubio put forth a valiant effort, however the effort wasn’t enough to capture the title as the judges at ringside scored the bout 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113.

Rubio struck first as he connected with a straight right hand at the end of the first round. Chavez Jr. started coming on in the third round as he threw some combinations that landed to the head of Rubio. Both fighters exchanged a nice little flurry of punches between each other late in the third round. Rubio stunned Chavez Jr. late in the fourth round as he caught him with a nice combination. Chavez Jr. started unloading some bombs to the body of Rubio in the fifth round which seemed to hurt him a little. Rubio threw a nice little uppercut to the right side of Chavez Jr.’s head which sent it snapping back a little in the seventh round. Chavez Jr. caught Rubio with a nice uppercut in the eighth round which stunned him and then followed up with some nice combinations late in the round. Rubio became a little more active late in the ninth round as he got in a couple of good shots. Chavez Jr. continued to unload with combinations in the tenth round in which Rubio had absolutely no answer for. Rubio started to become active early in the eleventh round as he was unloading everything he had. But Chavez Jr. answered back and unleashed a series of combinations once again which had Rubio against the ropes. Rubio weathered it and both fighters became involved in an old fashioned slugfest late in the round.



February 5th, 2012

Boxing Result

Spivey, Witherspoon victorious

By Chris Perry at ringside

The Super Brawl I main event promised to be a brawl, and it delivered. In the end, Portsmouth, Virginia fighter “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey (40-6-0, 30 KOs) captured the NABA Lightweight Championship defeating Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Victor Vasquez (14-6-1, 7 KOs) when referee Lindsey Page called a halt to the bout 25-seconds into the seventh round following a barrage of straight right and left hands landed by Spivey. Both fighters went toe-to-toe throughout the contest presented by Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions, LLC at the Tropicana Casino and Resort Showroom in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In the Super Brawl I co-feature, Philadelphia’s Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (29-2-0, 21 KOs) knocked out Greenville, Kentucky’s David Saulsberry (7-5-0, 7 KOs) with a powerful right hand landed 42-seconds into the second round. Witherspoon captured the Independent Boxing Syndicate North American Continental Heavyweight Championship with the victory.



February 5th, 2012

Boxing Result

Donaire defeats Vazquez to win WBO belt

By John Cannon and Rolando Salazar at ringside
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

In a clash for the vacant WBO super bantamweight belt, pound-for-pound star Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18 KOs) effectively used his left hand and combinations throughout the entire fight and went on to score a hard fought twelve round split decision over former champ Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 17 KOs). The bout too place Saturday night as the Chavez Jr.-Rubio co-feature before 14,120 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

After both fighters used the first round to feel each other out, Donaire started working the body of Vasquez in the second round and connected with some solid left hooks. But Vasquez encouraged Donaire to keep throwing at him as round two continued. Donaire connected with a solid left uppercut in the third round which put Vasquez against the ropes. Donaire was going for the kill but Vasquez was able to escape and get out of the ropes and weather the storm. Vasquez had his most productive round of the fight as he caught Donaire with a couple of straight right hands to the head in the fifth. Vasquez started to turn the tide in round six as he was connecting with some solid shots to the head area of Donaire. Donaire answered back in the seventh round as he stunned Vasquez with some solid shots late in the round. Donaire nailed Vasquez with a thunderous body shot halfway through the eighth round. Donaire dropped Vasquez in the ninth as he nailed him with a solid uppercut, left hook combo. Vasquez popped Donaire with a solid shot to the face in the tenth round. However, Donaire answered back by throwing a series of combinations to end the round.

The judges at ringside scored the bout 115-112 (Vasquez), 117-110 (Donaire) and 117-110 (Donaire).



February 4th, 2012

Boxing Result

Rios stays unbeaten

By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Junior lightweight Ronny Rios stopped Jeremy McLaurin in the fourth round of a scheduled eight round bout at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. Although both fighters fought in spurts throughout the fight, Rios (17-0, 8 KOs) landed the more effective punches of the two. In the fourth round, Rios wobbled McLaurin (9-3, 5 KOs) with a left hook to the head. McLaurin tried to fight back, but Rios pinned him in a corner, throwing and landing punches to the head and body. When McLaurin looked as though he was not able to defend himself, referee Raul Caiz, Sr. stopped the bout at 2:31.

“He had an awkward style,” said Rios afterward. “I was a little hesitant because I didn’t want to get caught since he had a long reach. I did not want to take any risks, so there was no need for me to rush. I just had to be patient and I had to get on the inside. I definitely wanted to give the fans excitement, but I didn’t want to get carried away.” For more details and photos click here…



February 4th, 2012

Boxing Result

Off TV Results from San Antonio, Texas

By John Cannon and Rolando Salazar at ringside
Photo: Naoki Fukuda

In a clash for the WBC silver super welterweight title, unbeaten former Olympian Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs) took apart 41-year-old Troy Lowry (27-12, 15 KOs). Martirosyan dropped Lowry with a left hook to the body in the first round. Even though Lowry was able to answer the standing eight count, Martirosyan continued the attack throughout the remaining two minutes of round number one. Lowry developed a deep cut over the left brow of his eye in the second round due to continuous shots by Martirosyan. Martirosyan hurt Lowry in the third round as he connected with a straight right hand which sent him to his knees. Once again Lowry got up but was put into the ropes as Martirosyan fired away with combinations. Referee Laurence Cole put a halt to the bout at the 2:53 mark of the third round.

Welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (21-0, 18 KOs) defeated Nestor Rosas (9-3, 6 KOs) when the referee stopped the bout due to unanswered blows 55 seconds into round six. Omotoso caught Rosas with a series of right hands to the body in the fifth round which hurt him. Omotoso continued the onslaught in the sixth round as he punished the head and body area of Rosas with those right hands.

Unbeaten super bantamweight Raul Hirales (16-0-1, 8 KOs) barely got past Shawn Nichol (5-9, 5 KOs). Nichol put together a valiant effort against the undefeated Hirales. However, Nichol wasn’t able to give Hirales his first loss of his career as he lost by split decision. The judges scored the bout 59-55 (Hirales), 59-55 (Nichol) and 58-56 (Hirales). (more…)



February 4th, 2012

Boxing News

Acquinity Sports announces Guzman vs. Pabon

By Phil Doherty

Photo: Acquinity Sports

Undefeated former two-division world titlist Joan “Baby Tyson” Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs) returns to the public eye March 2nd against hardy southpaw Puerto Rican puncher Jesus Pabon (17-2, 11 KOs). The 35-year old Dominican-born Guzman headlines the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights 10-round main event as part of Acquinity Sport’s second show this season from The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood FL.

Guzman signed with the South Florida-based Acquinity Sports team last month in a move to kickstart a career once destined for superstardom. “Baby Tyson” blew through the super bantamweight and super lightweight divisions during the mid 2000’s, picking up the WBO world title in both divisions before setting his sights on lightweight. (more…)



February 4th, 2012

Boxing Result

Hernandez beats Cunningham again

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Photo Wende

In an IBF-mandated rematch, IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (24-4, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. After winning the first three rounds with his body attack, Hernandez dropped Cunningham twice in round four. Cunningham barely survived the round, but recovered well in round five and used his quickness to outbox Hernandez for much of the rest of the fight, but Hernandez closed strong staggering Cunningham in the last round. Scores were 116-110, 116-110, 115-111.

The rematch was ordered after the stoppage in Hernandez’ favor by ring doctor Walter Wagner in the first fight was deemed inappropriate. This time Hernandez didn’t need the doctor’s help. For lots more notable results, click here.



February 4th, 2012

Boxing Result

Cordoba returns to ring, stops foe

By Robert Coster

Former WBA super bantamweight champion Ricardo “Maestrito” Cordoba (38-3-2, 24 KOs) of Panama returned to the ring after almost 15 months of inaction, making it a quick evening’s work with a two round stoppage of Miguel Cogollo Valdez (19-8-2, 13 KOs) of Colombia. The fight was held Friday night at the Sheraton Hotel in Colon, Panama. Cordoba’s previous fight was a decision loss in November of 2010 to Guillermo Rigondeaux for the WBA Interim title. In an another noteworthy result, rising lightweight Evens Pierre (21-1, 16 KOs) of Haiti scored a shutout decision over sturdy Colombian visitor Aristides Perez (20-7-1) in an eight round contest.



February 4th, 2012

Announcement

Jeff Fraza killed in train accident

Sad to report the death of 34-year-old welterweight Jeff “Hell Raza” Fraza (17-3, 10 KOs), who was reportedly killed by a commuter train early Saturday morning in Haverhill, Massachusetts. According to the Haverhill Eagle Tribune, Fraza appeared to be talking on a cellphone at the time of the accident, which occurred near his home. A local attraction in New England, Jeff was best known for appearing on the TV reality show “The Contender.”



February 4th, 2012




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