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Kovalev, Caparello make weight

Kovalev, Caparello make weight

Photos: Larry Levanti / Main Events Sergey Kovalev 174 vs. Blake Caparello 174 (WBO light heavyweight championship) Isaac Chilemba 175.5 vs. Cory Cummings 174 Dmitry ...

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Video: Wildest Briggs-Klitschko confrontation yet

Video: Wildest Briggs-Klitschko confrontation yet

Apparently food is where you cross the line with world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Shannon Briggs stormed into the famous Italian restaurant ...

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Rios-Chaves, Vargas-Novikov weights

Rios-Chaves, Vargas-Novikov weights

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Brandon Rios 147 vs. Diego Chaves 148 Jessie Vargas 140 vs. Anton Novikov 139.4 (WBA super lightweight title) Jose ...

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Photos/Quotes: Kovalev-Caparello Press Conference

Photos/Quotes: Kovalev-Caparello Press Conference

Photos: Larry Levanti/Main Events The final press conference was held today for the August 2 title fight between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, 24-0-1, 22 ...

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Telemundo weights from Tampa

Telemundo weights from Tampa

Photos: All Star Boxing Daniel Lozano 114 vs. Antonio Tostado 114 Andrey Klimov 130 vs. Guillermo Avila 130 Noemi Bosques 112 vs. Yolaine Lin De ...

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Video: Wildest Briggs-Klitschko confrontation yet

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Rios-Chaves, Vargas-Novikov weights

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Telemundo weights from Tampa

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Boxing News

Minto-Seldon for NABO Belt!

Photo: Team Minto

Photo: Team Minto

WBO#9 Heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto (33-2) will face former WBA heavyweight champion Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon (40-7) for the interim WBO NABO heavyweight title on Friday August 14th at Pullman Park in Butler, Pennsylvania. A winner of six straight, WBA#15 Minto will also be putting his WBA Fedecentro title on the line. Seldon, a winner of two straight and five of his last six, boasts 36 knockouts in his 40 professional wins. The show will mark the second appearance by Minto at the historic Pullman Park baseball stadium. Last year, Minto Ko’d John Poore (20-2) on ESPN2′s Wednesday Night Fights before thousands of spectators. Promoted by Beatdown Promotions in association with Brian Minto Fighting, the 8 bout card will begin at 7pm. Tickets for the event are priced at $25 (general admission), $35 (box reserved) and $50 (ringside) and available beginning on June 1st at Pullman Park or by calling (724) 287-6797.



May 25th, 2009



Boxing News

Green vs Jones Jr?

Photo: Craig Watt

Photo: Craig Watt

By Craig Watt

There is a growing feeling in Australia that potentially the biggest fight in Australian boxing history is heading to the “rocks” as both former WBA light-heavyweight champion Danny Green (26-3, 23 KO’s) and former WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KO’s) cannot agree the detail over weight and venue for their proposed re-match. Green now looks likely to try and secure a fight at 175 pounds with American Roy Jones Jnr, later in 2009 and is confident a match can be made. It was confirmed in the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday that Danny Green and his team are now looking to a potential match with Roy Jones Jnr as a preferred option, rather than a re-match with his arch rival Mundine. Green stated, “We’ve been in negotiations with Roy and his management team for a while and it looks promising.” (more…)



May 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Mundine predicts stoppage win!

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By Craig Watt

Fomer two-time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KO’s) was in confident mood at the final press conference in Brisbane today for the highly anticipated IBO middleweight title fight with unbeaten champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13 KO’s) to be held at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Wednesday. This fight is the biggest bout in Australian boxing in 2009 so far and pitches together two genuine world ranked middleweights with Mundine currently ranked in the mandatory WBA#1 position for Felix Sturm’s title and Geale holding the IBO crown. Mundine is well known for his outspoken views and controversial comments in his build up to most fights, but surprisingly today he was respectful, yet confident. He stated, “I respect him as a fighter. In his career he hasn’t lost many rounds, let alone fights. Daniel will beat most fighters and most contenders but he won’t beat me.” (more…)



May 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Fans Judge Battle In The Ballroom!

Fighters To Make Bonus Money!

Continuing to create new and novel promotions to involve the fight fans, Battle In The Ballroom promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today, that fans attending all future Irvine Marriott Battle In The Ballroom boxing and mixed martial arts shows will have a chance to judge the winner of each bout, and that the winning fighter as selected by the fans will receive a cash bonus right on the spot. Here’s how this “Fans Be The Judge” promotion will work. Immediately following the end of each bout that goes the distance, and while the official scorecards are being tabulated, the ring announcer will go to each corner and will ask all fans in attendance to vote by their applause and cheers who they think won the bout. The fighter that gets the biggest cheer is immediately presented with a $100 bill paid right in their corner. Following the awarding of the $100 to the “Fans Be The Judge” winner, the scorecards will be read and the official winner announced. (more…)



May 25th, 2009

Full Report

ESPN2 FNF Photo Gallery

Ringside Report by Jason Kotar
Photography by Javiel Centeno

Welterweight Antwone Smith (16-1-1, 8 KOs) scored an impressive unanimous decision over a tough Richard Gutierrez (24-3, 14 KOs) in the main event of last week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. In his highly anticipated professional debut, two-time Olympic gold medalist and former Cuban national team captain Guillermo Rigondeaux (1-0, 1 KO) scored a TKO over Juan Noriego (3-3, 3 KOs) in a junior bantamweight encounter. Click here to read the full reports and view the dynamite photos!



May 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Sturm, Dimitrenko at Formula 1!

Photo: Jürgen Tap

Photo: Jürgen Tap

WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm and heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko are currently on promotional tour in Monaco at the Grand Prix of Monte Carlo. The two boxers were right in the middle of the action at the invitation of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and the Red Bull F1 team. Sturm will defend his belt against European champion Khoren Gevor on July 11th in the new Ring Arena on the eve of the Formula 1 race at the Nürburgring Raceway. “Crazy, the atmosphere is one-of-a-kind. The people here get close to the event like nowhere else. I’ve also found that among the motor sport fans, many are also boxing fans. Many want to come to my fight at the Nürburgring and have asked for tickets. That will be a great event.” Dimitrenko, who faces Eddie Chambers on July 4th in Hamburg stated, “It’s unbelievable how loud the Formula 1 is …. on Monday it’s back to the heavy bag and weights instead of the sun and fun. But that’s the way it must be sometimes.”



May 25th, 2009

Boxing Result

Salita still unbeaten!

Unbeaten super lightweight Dmitriy Salita (30-0-1, 16 KOs) easily outpointed veteran Raul Munoz (20-12-1, 15 KOs) over ten rounds on Sunday night in at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91. With the win, Salita maintained his status as the WBA’s #1 challenger in line to face the winner of the June 27 clash between WBA world champion Andreas Kotelnik and Amir Khan.



May 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Burgos headlines June 12!

Unbeaten WBC #3 featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (21-0, 15 KOs) takes on Vyacheslav Gusev (16-1, 3 KOs) on June 12th in the main event at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. The bout will be for the WBC CABOFE title. Burgos is the nephew of former world champion Victor Burgos. In the co-main event, Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (10-0, 5 KOs) returns to take on spoiler Luis Alfredo Lugo (10-8-1, 6 KOs) in a ten rounder for the WBC/USNBC welterweight crown. Also featured is featherweight Aaron Garcia (9-1, 2 KOs) against unbeaten Jesus “Pollo” Hernandez (8-0, 2 KOs). Garcia, a former amateur star who won the 2003 US amateur title and two National Golden Gloves championships. Tickets are $75, $45 and $30, call 714-935-0900.



May 25th, 2009

Boxing Result

Sinyabi wins in 98 seconds!

By Ron Jackson

In a complete mismatch South African junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi smashed Derek Samuels from the Western Cape to defeat in 98 seconds of the first round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The 22-year-old Sinyabi (54.82kg) was just too big and strong for the smaller Samuels (55.16kg) as he attacked from the opening bell to land with stinging combinations to the head and body. Samuels, 22, never landed a punch on the champion as he was backed up and even turned his back on the champion to avoid the onslaught. After a series of clubbing rights to the head the outclassed Samuels fell to his knees and referee Wally Snowball waved the fight off without picking up the count. (more…)



May 25th, 2009

Full Report

Gonzalez-Nishioka report & gallery

Ringside report & photos by Chris Cozzone

img_25One colossal punch, thrown with all the might of the Land of the Rising Sun, was enough to defeat, both, a former champion and a country, last night at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.

Defending his WBC super bantamweight title on foreign turf, the Japanese champion, Toshiaki Nishioka, had no need of three Americano judges and ref in scoring the biggest win of his career-knocking out ex-bantam champ Jhonny Gonzalez, of Mexico City, in front of 12,523 suddenly-silent Mexicans . . . Click here for full story



May 24th, 2009

UFC

Enter “The Dragon!”

Machida kayos Evans at UFC 98

Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. & David L. Hudson
Photos by Mary Ann Owen

img_22“Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida’s light heavyweight title match had the makings of a classic battle.

 

Both fighter’s boasted undefeated records, Evans at 18-0-1 and Machida at 14-0. Both have been impressive as of late-Evans with knockout victories over Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Machida with a knockout victory over Thiago Silva. Both were highly regarded as two of the world’s best light heavyweights . . . click here for more



May 24th, 2009

UFC

The “Dragon” has arrived

Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Mary Ann Owen

Saturday, May 23 2009 will go down as the day in MMA history that Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida officially arrived.

Initially panned by fans as a “boring” fighter because of his elusive style and ability to avoid damage, the Karate fighter walked out to the MGM Grand Garden Arena for UFC 98′s main event a newly crowned fan favorite . . . click here for more



May 24th, 2009

Boxing News

GYM inks 2 Olympians!

Photo: Francois Couture

Photo: Francois Couture

By Lee Bates reporting from Colombia

Promoter Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) has inked Olympians Eleider Alavarez (light heavyweight) and Oscar Rivas (heavyweight). Both fighters represented their country of Colombia in 2008. Former world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza, a native of Colombia, was a major factor in having the duo sign with GYM. (left to right: Oscar Rivas, Epifanio Mendoza, trainer Marc Ramsay, Eleider Alvarez)



May 24th, 2009

Boxing Result

Kickett, Asiku triumph!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world rated jr lightweight William Kickett (15-1, 5 KOs) easily outpointed Filipino Roel Mangan (13-11-1, 3 KOs) in a four round main event on Friday at the Wyong Leagues Club, Wyong, NSW, Australia. Kickett skillfully evaded his aggressive opponent and picked him off with accurate long range combinations. Scores 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.
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IBF #14 featherweight Jackson Asiku (25-3, 13 KOs) swapped bombs as he outscored jr welterweight Filipino Junmar Dulog (5-17-2) in all four action rounds of their contest. Scores 39-37, 39-37, 37-39. Asiku s coming off the biggest win of his career when he became the only boxer to KO former world champion Gairy St Clair who had been the distance with the great Deigo Corrales and Vivian Harris. (more…)



May 24th, 2009

Boxing Result

More Aussie Results!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian welterweight champion Oyewale Omotoso (13-0, 11 KOs) knocked out Indonesian Darsim Nanggala (3-8-1) in 1:42 of round one at the Knox Netball Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Omotoso is formerly of Nigeria where he established an outstanding amateur career. He has been based in Australia for several months under the expert guidance of respected Murray Thompson. In the ten round main supporting bout, super middleweight Luke Moloney (13-3) outpointed Amir Hossein Ranijar (3-11) in ten one sided rounds, 100-90, 100-90, 100-90. Female super bantamweight Susie Ramadan (9-0) won eight round decision over debutant Leanne Banham (0-1), 80-72, 79-73, 80-71. Middleweight Johannes Mwetupunga (5-2) stopped Andrew Gosden (4-4) in six rounds. Time was 2:46. Light heavyweight Manny Vlamis (4-1) stopped Andrew Banham (0-2) in two rounds. Time 1:21. Super flyweight Omari Kimweri (5-2) won a clear six round decision over Thai importation Thanupetch Singmanasak (0-1). Promoter Murray Thompson.
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Australian super middleweight Wade Foley (3-1-1, 1 KOs) scored the best win of his career when he was awarded a eight round split decision over the experienced William Hadlow (7-15-4) to capture the Queensland State 168 pound title at the Maroochydore Rugby Leagues Club, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Scores were 78-74, 80-74, 75-77. Lightweight Paul Fleming (3-0) was forced to go the distance for the first time in his professional career as he outpointed Flash Villacula (22-21-1) of the Philippines over six one sided rounds by scores of 60-54, 59-54, 59-54. Welterweight Brad Hemming (13-8-1, 5 KOs) stopped Mhelvin Hernandez (1-7) at 2:33 of round two.



May 24th, 2009

Boxing Result

Baff stops Tui!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Australian amateur champion Daniel Baff (10-1-1, 9 KOs) scored a second round knockout over Simone Tui (1-1, 1 KO) in a scheduled ten round cruiserweight contest at the Vodafone Arena, Suva Fiji. The 6’2 Baff, who resides in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, is chasing a national title bout. In main support light heavyweight Sakeasi Dakua (25-11-3, 16 KOs) outpointed Pita Domoni (4-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds. Also a jr middleweight bout between Tevita Vakalabure (14-8-1) and Joeli Naieca (7-3-7,6 KOs) was ruled a no contest at the end of round four. Middleweight Opeti Tagi (12-4, 6 KOs) outscored Saimoni Taudomo (1-4-1) over six rounds. Heavyweight Fatu Tuimanono (8-9-1, 7 KOs) knocked out Napoleon Thumoepeau (0-1) in round two.



May 24th, 2009

Boxing News

Sosa-Melo on June 20!

By Robert Coster

In a mega-card at the World Trade Center in Veracruz, Mexico, WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (35-5, 19 KOs), boxing’s busiest titleholder, will make his ninth title defense against WBC #10 Carlos “Shanghai” Melo (19-8, 2 KOs) of Panama. Melo is a slick, dangerous technician with a deceiving record, having lost close fights to the best in the 105lb and 108lb divisions and never being stopped. As the charismatic and popular Sosa is planning to move up to the flyweight division, local favorite Adrian Hernandez and tough Sonny Boy Jaro of the Philippines will square off in a WBC light flyweight eliminator. In another important clash, local hero Tomas “Gusano” Rojas will battle against Thai import David Lookmachanak for the WBC Interim super flyweight title . Also fighting on the card will be former WBO bantamweight champion, Cruz Carbajal.



May 24th, 2009

UFC

Machida KOs Evans!

“Karate is back”

Anthony Springer Jr. and David Hudson at the Octagonside
Photos: Mary Ann Owens/BoxingInLasVegas.com

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In the main event of UFC 98, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida ushered in a new age of MMA by knocking out previously unbeaten champion Rashad Evans at 3:57 the second round. Relying on his dangerous karate style, Machida patiently timed Evans and dropped him with a right cross in the first round. In round two, Evans could not decipher the classical style of the karate master and was quickly dispatched with a vicious left hook that knocked him out cold. The official time of the stoppage came at 3:57. Machida is now a perfect 15-0 and has yet to lose a round in his UFC career.
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In the night’s co-feature, future Hall of Famer Matt Hughes finally settled the score against longtime rival Matt Serra by scoring a three round unanimous decision. Though each man had their moments, it was the wrestling of Hughes that made the difference. All three judges scored the bout 29-28.
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Drew McFedries needed just :37 seconds to TKO Xavier Foupa-Pokam in a middleweight clash. After connecting with a brutal series of right hands, McFedries crumpled his opponent with a hard hook.
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WEC middleweight standout Chael Sonnen easily outpointed Dan Miller over three rounds by controlling from the top position. All three judges scored the bout 30-27.
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In a battle of lightweight wrestlers, Frankie Edgar used smooth boxing to score a three round unanimous decision over former title holder Sean Sherk. All three judges scored the bout 30-27.
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WEC veteran Brock Larson submitted late replacement Mike Pyle with an arm triangle after 3:06 of blistering action. Larson gets the submission victory in the opening round. Newcomer heavyweight Tim Hague came back from being hurt badly by Patrick Barry and submitted his opponent with a guillotine at 1:42 of round one. Lightweight Kyle Bradley appeared to have benefited from a premature stoppage TKO win over Phillipe Nover after referee Yves Lavigne halted the contest at 1:03 following some glancing blows. Light heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski stopped Andre Gusmao with a devastating flurry of punches in just 3:17 of the first round. Yoshiyuki Yoshida wasted no time submitting Brandon Wolff at 2:24 of the first round with a guillotine choke. George Roop scored a split decision over Dave Kaplan. Scores were 29-28 in favor of Kaplan and 30-27 twice in favor of Roop.



May 24th, 2009

Boxing Result

Nishioka kayos Gonzalez!

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Ringside results and photos by Chris Cozzone

_coz8863From the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico: Defending his WBC super bantamweight belt, Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka (34-4-3, 21 KOs) hushed more than 12,000 screaming Mexican fans by knocking out former champ Jhonny Gonzalez (40-7, 34 KOs) in the third round. Gonzalez floored Nishioka with a big right hand late in round one. The two went at it cautiously in the second and, in the third, a huge straight left from the southpaw champion floored Gonzalez. Referee Kenny Bayless stopped the bout at 1:20, when Gonzalez, unable to stand, struggled to get up at eight.

_coz8450In the co-main, staging his long-awaited return, former champ Rafael Marquez (38-5, 34 KOs) scored a third round knockout of Colombian Jose Francisco Mendoza (21-3-2, 17 KOs). The end came at 2:20 of the third. Marquez showed a bit of rust, but a right hand staggered Mendoza early in the third. Another right hand floored him soon after and Referee Carlos Garcia stopped the fight when Mendoza got up on shaky legs.  

In other results: Javier Castro (20-2, 17 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Guadalupe Rosales (28-5, 16 KOs), scores of 78-74 twice and 77-76; Michael Medina (20-1-2, 16 KOs) TKO’d Bladimir Hernandez (15-2, 13 KOs) in the second round; Victor Zaleta (9-1, 5 KOs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over Javier Romano (8-3-1, 5 KOs); and Juan Carlos Salgado (20-0-1, 14 KOs) kayoed Angel Reyna (9-2-1, 4 KOs) in one. Look for a full ringside report and photo gallery sometime tomorrow.



May 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

WBC title fight moved to Japan!

Naito-Xiong now in Tokyo

By Joe Koizumi

Very astoundingly, only three days before, the WBC flyweight title bout was moved from China to Japan. Defending champ Daisuke Naito (34-2-3, 22 KOs), Japan, was slated to defend his belt against WBC#10 Xiong Zhao Zhong (12-1, 8 KOs), China, in Shanghai on Tuesday. But Japan’s Miyata Promotions finally realized that it would be impossible to have it as scheduled because of the local promoter’s failure to properly reserve the arena. Since this event is already scheduled to air on Japanese TBS Television, Hiroyuki Miyata, Naito’s manager/promoter, has urgently decided to move it to the Defi Ariake Arena, Tokyo, Japan, in order to keep the TV schedule. We have never heard such shameful confusion only prior to the schedule.



May 23rd, 2009

Boxing Result

Erittu wins Italian title!

By Enrico “Erik” Crociati at ringside
Photos: Marco Chiesa

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Italian cruiserweight Salvatore Erittu (16-0, 6 KOs) won a convincing ten-round unanimous decision over co-challenger Cristian Dolzanelli (15-1-1, 10 KOs) last friday at Local Sport Hall in Rezzato, Italy. With the win Erittu won the Italian title at 200lbs. (more…)



May 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Farley Wins!

By Jose E. Santiago

Friday night at the inaugural opening of “The Pit”, a venue owned and operated by Yahya McClain’s Absoloot Boxing/Promotions, Atlanta’s Will “Young Picasso” Farley (3-0 2KOs) remained undefeated as he was thrown in tough against cross town rival Jamar “Sandman” Saunders (2-3-1 1KO) from Lost Mountain GA in a 6 round Jr. Welterweight contest. (more…)



May 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Same day weights from PA!

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Anthony Cusumano 138.5 vs Nathan Francis 135.5
Isaac Rodriguez 166.5 vs Jose Medina 170
Antonio Espinosa 131 vs Ron Boyd 136
Clinton Douglas 130.5 vs Jean Ramos 131.5
April Richards 154.5 vs Natoya Ervin 151.5
John Lennox 191.5 vs Reshawn Scott 183.5
Promoter: KEA Boxing Promotions
Venue: The Woodlands Inn and Resort, Wilkes-Barre, PA



May 23rd, 2009

Announcement

Ballroom Boxing returns June 18

Tickets are now on sale as Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions and Scott Wagner’s Ballroom Boxing team up once again to present an evening of world class professional boxing on Thursday, June 18th at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Baltimore . . . Click here for more



May 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Sinyabi making first defense!

By Ron Jackson

Macbute Sinyabi makes the first defense of his South African junior featherweight title against Desmond Samuels from the Western Cape at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The six-bout bill is presented by Patrick Molefe of Rainbow Promotions. (more…)



May 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Florida Hall inductees!

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the inaugural class of 2009 inductees. Living inductees include: heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, three division world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., longtime middleweight contender Florentino Fernandez, trainer/manager Angelo Dundee, Steve Canton, and Jimmy Williams, promoter Tuto Zabala Sr., referees Brian Garry and Max Parker Jr., and in the non-participant category, Mark Beiro, Johnny Bos, Bobby Goodman, Rick Folstad, Dr. Allan Fields, and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco. The list of posthumous inductees are world champions Luis Manuel Rodriguez, Ralph Dupas, and Willie Pastrano, historians Hank Kaplan and Irv Abramson, promoter Chris Dundee, and Marty Cohen, in the non-participant category. Tickets for the June 27 dinner at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel in Tampa will be $75 per person or $100 per couple. For making dinner reservations or for more information on the events planned contact the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame president Walter “Butch” Flansburg at 813-884-7711.



May 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Yordan vs. Allanic off!

By Jeff Pamungkas

Pino Bahari informed that the 12-round WBO Oriental interim title bout between Daud Yordan (Featherweight WBA#3, WBO #5) and Robert Allanic (PI) scheduled for today in Pontianak City, West Kalimantan, Indonesia is off due to some reason. “We have rescheduled the card, maybe in the last week of June,” Bahari informed. The whole card was cancelled including some other Indonesia vs. Phillipines bouts: Yohannes Yordan vs. Ricky Sismundo (10 round-featherweight bout) and Daudy Bahari vs. JR. Sollano (12 round-welterweight bout).



May 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Maccarinelli vs Lebedev!

Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (29-3, 22 KOs) will clash with unbeaten Denis Lebedev (17-0, 12 KOs) on June 27 at the O2 Arena in London. The fight will be part of the undercard to Amir Khan’s WBA world light-welterweight title challenge against Andreas Kotelnik. Maccarinelli, who has split with former trainer Enzo Calzaghe and is now working with Karl Ince, is hoping to get his career back on track following a shock KO loss to Ola Afolabi in his last fight.



May 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Barrios returns!

By Lee Bates reporting from South America

Former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge Barrios (47-4-1, 34 KOs) returned to the ring last night in Argentina. Barrios fought in an exhibition against retired former WBA lightweight champion Raul Balbi at the Club Social y Deportivo Juventud de Tigre. Barrios is slated to return in an official bout in either June or July against an opponent to be announced in Argentina.



May 23rd, 2009

UFC

Serra looks to take Hughes down

UFC 98 is LIVE on PPV tonight at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT!

Story by David L. Hudson

stpierre-serra0134UFC fans have waited a long time to see Matt Hughes and Matt Serra settle their bad blood in the Octagon. The two former UFC welterweight champions were supposed to square off at UFC 79 in December 2007. But, injuries intervened and the conflicts that arose on The Ultimate Fighter: Season Six when the two served as opposing coaches could not be settled in the Octagon for millions to see  . . . Click here for more

With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC® history. Now in the main event of UFC® 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC® welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge. UFC® 98: Evans vs. Machida – Saturday, May 23, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here for more info



May 23rd, 2009

Boxing Result

McCall KOs Hopoate!

In his first fight in 19 months, former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall (52-9, 37 KOs) scored a second round KO over Australian champion John Hopoate (11-3, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The 44-year-old McCall dropped Hopoate twice in round two prompting referee Joe Cortez to wave it off. It was a family affair as McCall’s 21-year-old son Elijah McCall knocked out Chad Davis on round one of an earlier heavyweight fight.



May 23rd, 2009

Boxing Result

Malinga wins in 2nd round!

By Ron Jackson

Patrick Malinga stopped Mzolisi Yoyo in the second round of a scheduled twelve to retain his SA lightweight title at the Finetown Multipurpose Centre in Lenasia, near Johannesburg, on Friday night. The champion, making his first defence was in complete control from the bell taking the attack to Yoyo and knocked him down for two counts in the first round and again within the first ten seconds of the second round. Yoyo (60.82kg) who had an announced record of 16-2; 15 going into the fight went down for the second time in round two when he was caught with a right to the jaw that sent him flat on his back. Referee Thabo Spampool did not count and waved the fight off at 1 minute 43 seconds into the round. (more…)



May 23rd, 2009

Full Report

Full Report: Escobedo-Kelley!

Ringside report by David Robinett
Photos by Dhon Santos, Maloof Sports & Entertainment

2004 U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo continued his rise from prospect to title contender with a two-round blowout of faded star Kevin Kelley in a scheduled ten-round lightweight bout Thursday night before 2,777 fans at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California.

Although long past his prime, the “Flushing Flash” was expected to provide a reasonable test for the still-developing Escobedo. It looked that way too, in round one, with the southpaw Kelley boxing smartly, circling Escobedo and snapping his right jab as Escobedo tried to work his way inside . . . Click here for more



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing Result

Spina Decisions Taylor!

Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

By Scott Ploof at ringside
Photography by Emily Harney

Known for his powerful punching and action packed boxing style, Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (25-1-1, 17KOs) did not disappoint the 1500 fight fans in attendance as although he did not score a knockout as promised, he still delivered a great battle against a strong fight veteran in Tiwon Taylor (26-15-1, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI. At the end of their eight round battle with both fighters battered and bruised, Joey Spina walked away with the unanimous decision by scores of 77-75, 78-74, 79-73. Spina, with blood coming from his nose early on, had Taylor hurt during the first few rounds as he was totally on the defensive. As the fight progressed it was even as both traded heavy shots with neither gaining an advantage. In the end it was the punching power of Spina that earned him the hard fought decision victory. The seven bout fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
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Seasoned veteran Willis “The Prophet” Lockett (12-7-5, 5KOs) upset Lowell, MA fan favorite “Irish” Joe McCreedy (10-3-1, 5 KOs) by scoring a close unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Lockett. McCreedy looked like he had Lockett all but knocked out during the first two rounds. It was apparent after the beginning of round four that McCreedy was running out of gas quickly as Lockett was now the aggressor while his opponent was looking for a rest. Both fighters continued to trade, however all of the power that McCreedy had possessed in the first two rounds was all but gone, and with Lockett continued to win the later rounds to capture the eventual decision.
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James McGirt Jr. (20-2-1, 9 KOs) won a narrow majority decision over veteran Patrick Perez (25-5, 14 KO’s) in a six round special attraction. Both fighters brought their best as they traded punches evenly throughout the contest. McGirt Jr. had the faster hands while Perez landed the harder shots. Scores of the bout were 58-55, 59-55 and 57-57. This marks the first fight under the CES banner for McGirt Jr. while this also marked the first fight for Perez in almost five years. (more…)



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing Result

Smith outpoints Gutierrez!

By Jason Kotar at ringside
Photos: Javiel Centeno

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Welterweight Antwone Smith (16-1-1, 8 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Richard Gutierrez (24-2-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the newly renovated Fontaine bleau Resort in Miami Beach, Florida. The scores were 97-93, 96-94, 100-88.
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Two-time Olympic gold medalist and former Cuban national team captain Guillermo Rigondiaux (1-0, 1 KO) dropped Juan Noriega (3-4) :19 into the bout and got a referee’s mercy stoppage at 1:09 of round three to win his long anticipated professional debut.
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Jr. Middleweight Erislandy Lara, a two time world amateur champion, moved to 6-0, 4 KOs with a fourth round TKO over Edwin Vasquez (22-14-2). Lara dropped Vasquez in round two and got a referee’s stoppage with a barrage of punches at 1:13 of round four.
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Welterweight Ed Parades (22-3, 13 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Gilbert Venegas (10-7-3, 7 KOs). Scores were 58-55, 58-55 and 57-56.



May 22nd, 2009




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