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Ringside By Scott Ploof
WBC super lightweight Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs) retained his title and captured the IBF title as he stopped former champion Juan Urango (22-3-1, 17 KOs) at 1:12 of round number eight at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT in the main event of HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Urango looked solid throughout the first seven rounds of the bout as he seemingly landed the better and harder punches during the fight. It was the right hand of Alexander that hurt and sent Urango to the canvas early in round eight. Urango was able to get up but didnt last long as a flurry from Alexander sent Urango right back to the canvas for the final time as referee Benji Estedes called a halt to the fight.
In a stunner, former world champion Steve Forbes (34-8, 10 KOs) lost an eight round majority decision to Harrison Cuello (19-12-3, 14 KOs). The bout took place in front of a nearly empty house after the Alexander-Urango bout.
Current WBC USNBC heavyweight titlist and New York state prospect Derric Rossy (25-2, 14 KOs) scored a very workmanlike twelve round unanimous decision over the game challenge of Zack Page (20-28-2, 7 KOs). Scores of the bout were 117-110, 120-107, and 118-109 all in favor of Rossy. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Popular, hard-hitting Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (34-2-1, 27 KOs) successfully defended his WBC/WBA super flyweight crowns with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Rodrigo “Gato” Guerrero (13-2-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night in the main event on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Aqua Caliente, California. Guerrero was competitive early, but after that it was a brutal display by Darchinyan, who battered Guerrero but couldn’t put the game challenger on the deck. Scores were 118-110, 117-111, 120-108. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Welterweight Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-2, 12 KOs) impressively knocked out Alexis Camacho (17-3, 16 KOs) in round seven on Saturday night at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Alvarez connected with his left hand all night breaking down the game Camacho. The end came in the seventh when Alvarez laid out Camacho with another crushing left hand. Time was 1:30.
Heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Dominique Alexander (19-8-1, 9 KOs). Maddalone dropped Alexander in round three, twice in round four and again in round five before the bout was waved off at 1:09 of the fifth.
Light heavyweight Chuck Mussachio (15-1-2, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decisio over Richard Dalphone (2-6-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 58-56, 58-56, 59-55.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#13 Naoki Matsuda (32-8-4-1NC, 13 KOs), 126, barely acquired the vacant OPBF featherweight belt as he came off the canvas, dropped back top ranked Filipino champ Vinvin Rufino (28-11-3, 13 KOs), a hard-punching southpaw, 124.5, three times to win a hard-fought split decision (114-111, 114-112 and 111-114) over twelve see-saw rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
Matsuda, who had entered the WBC ratings thanks to his upset demolition of ex-WBC ruler Rudy Lopez in Mexico in 2007, had a really tough time against the game, hard-hitting but fragile Filipino southpaw. Though making a good start, Matsuda, 33, hit the deck with Rufino’s devastating left in the closing seconds of the third. Temporarily was his body so badly paralyzed that it seemed a matter of time that Rufino would bring home the bacon in the next session. (more…)
Referee Benji Estevez (NY) will be the third man in the ring when WBC junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander faces IBF champ Juan Urango in tonight’s unification clash at the Mohegan Sun. Judges are Don Trella (CT), Steve Weisfeld (NJ) and Omar Mintun (NM). Supervisors are Mike George (WBC) and Daryl Peoples (IBF).
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada at ringside
Super-middleweight Sebastien Demers scored a tough fought majority decision over former three-time world champion William Joppy by 97-93, 97-93, 95-95 at the Casino de Montreal Saturday afternoon. The veteran Joppy was the busier of the two fighters for much of the afternoon but Demers saved his best for last, pounding out and securing the decision over the last two rounds. As was the case the last time Joppy appeared in Montreal (February 2008 versus Lucian Bute) Joppy announced to his retirement to the crowd in attendance, congratulating his opponent on his victory. (more…)
By Christopher Cook at ringside
Nick “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi (15-1-0, 9 KOs) had to earn his victory over game Victor Barragan (11-5-0, 3 KOs) in an exciting night of boxing at the Tampa Westshore DoubleTree Hotel, presented by One Punch Productions. In a back-and-forth contest, both fighters gave it their all in front of a full house in Tampa, Florida. Iannuzzi utilized a strong jab to keep the fight at a distance to begin with. Sticking with the jab, Iannuzzi did his best to keep Barragan at bay. When the fighting did move in, Barragan was able to capitalize, turning the fight in the middle rounds. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian featherweight champion Joel Brunker (13-0, 7 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage over Many Emery (3-3-1) of New Zealand at the Richmond Club in Richmond, NSW, Australia on Friday. Emery boxed a draw in six rounds with Leigh Lindgren in Australia in 2009. Brunker is managed by Angelo DiCarlo and is scheduled to defend the national title on April 16th against Dianever Orcales in Brisbane. On the undercard welterweight Mark Sarracino (1-0-1) boxed a tech draw with Ryan Stinson (1-3-1) when Sarracino suffered a cut in round two due to an accidental head clash.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO #7 Ryan Waters (19-2-2, 12 KOs) scored an eight round knockout over Elvin Marbun (13-9-3, 6 KOs) at the Cronulla Leagues club in Cronulla, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Marbun currently holds the Indonesian 154 pound title. In Waters previous start he was held to a draw in the sixth round by Tui Leveni (who had him on the canvas) on the Danny Green vs Roy Jones undercard in December 2009. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
On Friday night in Atlanta, Shea Bailey Promotions delivered as promised with an exciting night of action packed boxing at the Center Stage Theatre. In the main event hometown favorite Paul “The Truth” Delgado (21-1 9, 4 KOs) cruised to a unanimous decision victory over cagey veteran Roberto Valenzuela (51-51-2, 42 KOs). Sporting a chiseled new physic due to a newly implemented strength and conditioning regimen, Delgado looked ripped once his corner peeled off his ring entrance garb. Although bigger and stronger Delgado did not lose his slick boxing ability, but did have the wherewithal to trade shots with the Mexican road warrior. (more…)
From the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio for tonight’s WEC card:
WEC Bantamweight Championship
Brian Bowles 134.5 vs Dominick Cruz 134
Miguel Angel Torres 134.5 vs Joseph Benavidez 135
Jens Pulver 145.5 vs Javier Vazquez 145
Deividas Taurosevicius 145 vs LC Davis 144.5
Bart Palaszewski 155 vs Karen Darabedyan 156
Scott Jorgensen 135 vs Chad George 135.5
Chad Mendes 145 vs Erik Koch 144
Danny Castillo 155.5 vs Anthony Pettis 154.5
Leonard Garcia 145 vs George Roop 145.5
Fredson Paixao 144.5 vs Courtney Buck 145
Ricardo Lamas 155 vs Bendy Casimir 155.5
By Graham Houston
In his last appearance Vic Darchinyan easily demolished Mexico’s Tomas Rojas in two rounds. So far, no Mexican fighter has been able to stand up to the powerful Aussie-Armenian. Darchinyan bludgeoned Cristian Mijares, busted up Jorge Arce and overpowered contenders Victor Burgos and Luis Maldonado.
On Saturday, with TV coverage on Showtime, it is the turn of Rodrigo Guerrero to see if he can reverse the tide and score the greatest victory of his life, and one that would surely delight the fans in Old Mexico. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
After losing blockbuster fights to Los Angeles, New York City and Dallas, Las Vegas is reasserting itself as the mecca of boxing with five major televised boxing shows (and possibly a sixth) taking place within a three week period. It all kicks off on March 26 at the Treasure Island Casino when Don King Productions presents two world title fights on ESPN2 with Steve Cunningham and Matt Godfrey battling for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title and IBF jr middleweight champion Cory Spinks defending against Cornelius Bundrage. (more…)
By John Cannon at ringside
Unbeaten super bantamweight Sergio Perales (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Josimar Olivares (15-3) on Friday night at Casa de Amistad in Harlingen, Texas. In the co-feature, middleweight Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-2, 21 KOs) made his triumphant return to the Rio Grande Valley after fighting out of the area for two years and certainly did not disappoint his fans, kayoing Jose Medina in three. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
IBF #8 lightweight Martin Honorio (28-4-1, 14 KOs) continued his rise in the lightweight division with a twelve round unanimous decision over Wilton Hilario (12-1-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. Honorio, who has previously handed Steven Luevano and John Molina their first career losses, floored previously unbeaten Hilario twice in round six and dominated the fight, winning 120-106, 119-107, 119-107. Honorio retained his NABO lightweight belt. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian champion Tui “The Titan” Leveni (10-2-1, 7 KOs) scored an eight round technical split decision win over Alex Ahtong (4-5-2, 3 KOs) in a scheduled twelve round bout at the welterweight poundage at the Nowra Entertainment Center in Nowra, NSW, Australia on Friday. Ahtong, 5’10 came to fight and gave the hot favorite Leveni problems boxing from the southpaw stance as he connected with accurate combinations consistently to the head of his opponent. The aggressive, 5’7 Leveni connected with a power right hand bomb in round four that dropped Ahtong but he survived to hear the bell. (more…)
Devon Alexander 139.25 vs Juan Urango 139.75
(WBC/IBF jr welterweight title)
Derric Rossy 236.25 vs Zack Page 208
Steve Forbes 142 vs Harrison Cuello 142
Ryan Coyne 191 vs Paul Jennette 194
Wayne Braithwaite 200 vs Adam Harris 194
Angelo Santana 144 vs Darien Ford 147.25
Antonio Sanchez 142 vs Calvin Pritchard 139.25
Andres Navarro 136.25 vs James Hope 142
Venue: Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn
Promoter: Don King Productions
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Ricardo Domínguez 135.7 vs. Leonardo Resendiez 137
Andres Romero 122 vs. Genaro Camargo 123
Misael Castillo 135 vs. Luis Acevedo 136
Raúl Hirales 122 vs. Wilfredo Velázquez 123
Hanzel Martinez 115 vs. Rene Trujillo 116
Enrique ramírez 131 vs. Arnoldo Pacheco 132
Venue: Auditorio “Pablo Colin”, Cuautitlán Izcalli, Estado de México
Promoter: Top Rank, Zanfer
TV: Fox Sports Espanol
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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach today at the famed Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
Shamone Alvarez 147.5 vs Alexis Camacho 147.5
Vinny Maddalone 232.5 vs Dominique Alexander 222.5
Chuck Mussachio 172.5 vs Richmond Dalphone 176
Josh Mercado 149 vs Ismael Garcia 151
Joey Dawejko 225.5 vs Kimani Cunningham 236
Venue: Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
Dorin Spivey (37-5, 29 KOs) will defend his NABA lightweight title against against prospect Tyrell Samuel (14-3, 6 KOs) April 3rd. The bout will take place at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. This is the initial function in the newly established International Championship Boxing series (ICB). The series was formed by veteran promoter Jack Fulton with boxing’s well known Don Elbaum handling the matchmaking. “We’ll be showcasing fighters from different continents in a variety of weight classes from seasoned competitors to tomorrow’s heroes.” said Fulton. The ICB already has dates booked at the Norfolk Scope through the rest of 2010 for their series. For ticket information, call the Scope Box Office at 757-664-6464.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati at ringside
Italian rising star Luca Marasco (15-0, 5 KOs) retained his National title at the lightweight limit for the second time in front of his supporters at the Dancing Sport Lavello in Calolziocorte, Italy on Friday night. Local hero Marasco outscored the vicious challenger and former Italian titlist Pasquale Di Silvio (11-2, 4 KOs) over ten entertaining and strong rounds of boxing. Click here for a full report and more photos
By Jeff Zimmerman
At the Maple Ave Boxing Gym in Dallas, Texas, former U.S. national amateur champion and 2008 Olympic trials finalist Roberto Marroquin (12-0 9 KOs) gets taped up as he readies himself for his personal media day leading up to the event: Pacquiao vs. Clottey on March 13th at the Cowboy Stadium. There is no Jerry Jones, Michael Buffer or Cowboy cheerleaders anywhere to be found at this new gym just south of Dallas, but make no mistake; Marroquin is more than just a footnote for this mega event. In fact to many it’s just a matter of time before he’s a world champion. Top Rank Chief Bob Arum thinks so highly of him that he personally introduced him to the media and fans at the kick off press conference at Cowboy Stadium. Click here for a full report and more photos.
Welterweight Ernesto Zavala (21-4, 8 KOs) defeated Oregon’s Jason Davis (11-6-1) by way of third round TKO in a weltweight main event on Thursday night at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California. After an expected slow round one, Zavala began regularly connecting on Davis. The bout was stopped at the end of round three by the referee when Davis was unable to continue due to an apparent arm or shoulder injury. It was the first bout for Zavala in nearly five years. Legendary Trainer Freddie Roach worked the corner of Zavala.
In the co-feature, heavyweight Damian ‘Bolo’ Wills (27-2-1) stopped journeyman Billy Willis (12-19-1) by way of fourth round TKO. Craig Zimmerman’s MEZ Sports promoted the event.
Vic Darchinyan 115 vs Rodrigo Guerrero 114
(WBC/WBA super flyweight championship)
Lenny Zappavigna 135 vs Fernando Angulo 138
Venue: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
Promoter: Gary Shaw
TV: A special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® this Saturday, March 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
By Alexey Sukachev
At Leisure Centre in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, UK, English heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury (10-0, 8 KOs) scored another first-round TKO in a virtual mismatch against weak German Hans-Joerg Blasko (9-4, 6 KOs). Blasko was down after a huge body shot by Fury and was finished with a barrage of punches soon thereafter. Time of stoppage was 2:14 of the first.
Both local boy Gary Sykes and heated rival Andy Morris entertained a roaring crowd in the next edition of “War of Roses” between Yorkshire and Lancashire fighters. Bigger and stronger Sykes (15-0, 4 KOs) pressed forward throughout the entire fight while smaller but technically sounder Andy Morris (18-3, 6 KOs) used his skills and tried to box on distance rather than to battle in close quarters. At the end it turned out that Sykes was a better man tonight, cruising to a unanimous decision with scores 115-114 (twice) and 116-113. Fightnews scored this back-and-forth action a draw 115-115. Sykes is a new BBBofC British super featherweight titlist after this win.
Gary “Digital” Williams at the scale
Jimmy Lange 150 vs. Chase Shields 151
(Lange is defending his WBC/USNBC super welterweight title)
Bayan Jargal 141.5 vs. Louie Leija 143
Andrew Farmer 138 1/4 vs. Ikem Orji 138
Juan Rodriguez 143 vs. Damian Butler 145
Lawrence Jones 152 vs. Vincent Batteast 150
Patrick Budd 187 vs. Robert McConnell 189
Dwayne McRae 253 vs. Theron Johnson 221
Francois Ambang 176 vs. Sergei Kovalev TBA
Venue: George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, Virginia
Promoter: ICE Promotions
Bullit Knockout Promotions of Poland has won the rights to promote the vacant WBC cruiserweight world championship fight between Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Giacobbe Fragomeni with a purse offer of $616,000. OPI 2000 Promotions of Italy offered $477,717.
Arena Box-Promotion of Germany has won the rights to promote the WBC interim welterweight world championship fight between Luis Collazo and Selcuk Aydin with a bid of $210,000. Don King Productions offered $201,000.
Saúl Álvarez 147 vs Brian Camechis 144.6
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico
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By Dave Spencer
Sebastien Demers 169.14 vs. William Joppy 169.12
Nicholson Poulard 170 vs. Larry Sharpe 167.2
Kevin Bizier 146.7 vs. Noel Cortez 150.14
Logan McGuinness 129.9 vs. Pedro Navarrete 129.10
Samuel Vargas 146.10 vs. Pascal Leonard 145.6
Venue: Casino de Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
First Bell: 12 pm
Television: V Channel 9pm (tape delay)
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Happy birthday to trainer Freddie Roach, who hit 50 today. Freddie will be spending the day doing what he loves to do most, working with his fighters at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
Edward Shaw, 92, father of promoter Gary Shaw, passed away on Thursday. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 9, beginning at 10 a.m. ET at Jewish Memorial Chapel, 841 Allwood Road, Clifton, NJ 07012 (973-779-3048). In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Edward Shaw’s memory to the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge.
Undefeated WBA #8, IBF #11, WBC #16 welterweight Mike Jones (20-0, 16 KOs), of North Philadelphia, will box in a scheduled 10-rounder, making the fifth defense of his NABA title on the April 17 card in Atlantic City’s 10,000 seat Boardwalk Hall headlined by Kelly Pavlik’s WBC/WBO world middleweight title defense against Sergio Martinez. Tickets are priced at $50, $100, $200, and $350. Call 215-765-0922.
Jones, 25, scored the biggest win of his career Feb. 27 when he earned a unanimous 10-round decision over former world-title challenger Henry Bruseles in front of a standing-room crowd at Bally’s Atlantic City.
As reported yesterday, unbeaten heavyweight contender and IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) will take on Javier Mora in Berlin on March 13. The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner will make his second fight under the guidance of star coach Teddy Atlas. In December, the 30-year-old Russian became the first man to knock out Leo Nolan, clinching a third-round KO victory in Ludwigsburg. To warm up for the hotly-anticipated showdown against Wladimir Klitschko, Povetkin needs to take care of business against Mora (22-3, 18 KOs) on the Huck-Richards card. “Everything can happen in heavyweight boxing, so I really need to be on alert,” Povetkin said. “I will of course be entering the fight as the favourite since I had a very good amateur career and I am currently the IBF’s number one. I will win this fight and show everybody that I am ready for Klitschko.” (more…)
When bantamweight Dominick Cruz speaks of the sacrifices he’s made to get to Saturday’s world title fight against champion Brian Bowles at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, you can tell that there’s more at stake for him than a shiny gold belt. You quickly see that this isn’t your typical “winning the belt is my dream” underdog story.
For the 24-year-old San Diego resident, Saturday’s world title fight is an opportunity to change his life forever. Should Cruz win his first world championship this weekend, gone will be the days of eating Top Ramen to get by. Gone too will be the days of him sleeping on the floor on a worn-out mattress. If Cruz (14-1) is able to best unbeaten champion Bowles (8-0) on Saturday, he believes the life of hardship he’s lived will be changed for eternity. (more…)
With a performance that resulted in a big win against previously undefeated hot prospect John Molina, Jr. back in November, NABF and WBO NABO Lightweight Champion Martin “El Brochas” Honorio showed the sellout crowd at Pechanga Casino & Resort and a worldwide audience on SHOWTIME a portrait of the boxer that he is and one determined to improve. On tonight’s main event of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” the 30-year old Mexican buzz saw will be back at Pechanga focused on another unbeaten fighter in Wilton Hilario (12-0-1, 9KOs). This time, with a win, he will stake a claim to a place among the top five fighters in the lightweight division. (more…)
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