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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Winning the WBC light-heavyweight belt certainly hasn’t humbled flamboyant boxer Jean Pascal who was in rare form Monday as he faced off versus mandatory challenger Silvio Branco in advance of the fight that goes off this Friday at Montreal’s Bell Centre. “I’m going to score a knock him out, EARLY, so don’t be late,” said Pascal who promised to cook up a “blood sauce,” for his Italian opponent. Branco who has held the WBA belt twice and fights in North America for the first time says he’s been preparing for this fight for over a year, “I was supposed to fight Adrian Diaconu but that fight never happened because he didn’t want to fight me, I thank Pascal for the opportunity and we’ve come here to win this fight.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange will defend his WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title against former Contender teammate Jonathan “Reid Dawg” Reid in a 12-round main event Saturday, September 26 on an ICE Promotions card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Lange (30-3-2, 21 KOs) will fight at the Patriot Center for the eighth consecutive time. Lange’s last outing saw him win the USNBC title with a fifth-round stoppage of Frank Houghtaling on May 2. Five of Lange’s eight bouts at the Patriot Center have taken place with regional titles on the line. (more…)
By Bob Caico
Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide has proudly signed heavy-handed Niagara Falls, New York, super lightweight prospect Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal (19-4-1, 15 KOs) to a multi-year promotional deal.
“Nick Casal has all the natural talent you could hope for,” admits Garone. “But as he found out in his last few fights, that’s only part of the equation. Training and dedication have to be there as well. I’ve had a long talk with him and we’ve come to an agreement to get him back where he belongs in boxing: as one of the hottest and most exciting young prospects in the entire sport.” (more…)
Lightweight amateur standout Fidel Maldonado Jr. has signed an exclusive promotional contract with TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, its President . . . Click here for more
By Dennis Principe
Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao began his training camp feeling upbeat about their stay here in Baguio City, the Philippines “Summer Capital” located approximately 250 kilometers north of Manila. Pacquiao did six rounds of punch mitts, three rounds of shadow boxing and some more time hitting the speed ball and skipping rope witnessed by a rather controlled observers composed mostly of local media and Manila-based networks. The training, held at the Shape-Up Gym located inside the Cooyeesan Hotel along Naguillan Road lasted for a little over two hours. (more…)
Former IBF lightweight champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (42-0-1, 17 KOs), who on September 30 returns to the ring for the second time in three months, will face Jermain “Too Sweet” White (17-3, 10 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout at Heinz Field-VIP Tent in Pittsburgh. Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, the four-division world champion and Hall of Fame inductee, is once again running “The Pittsburgh Kid’s training camp in Indiana. The undercard will also feature undefeated local prospects, lightweight Rod Salka (8-0, 2 KOs), and heavyweight Paul Zalus (2-0, 2 KOs), against Ikem Orji (5-2, 1 KO) and Ryan St. Germain (2-4, 2 KOs), respectively, as well as heavyweight Tommy Poe (1-0) plus other bouts to be named soon.
By Alexey Sukachev
On Oct. 2 Moscow-based Tajik fighter Sahib Usarov (12-0, 6 KOs) will step into the squared circle at “Montreal” club, Moscow, to fight for the first international title in his pro career. Usarov, 25, an aggressive little (5’4’’) southpaw, who has been holding the Russian bantamweight title since May 2008, will take on Alexander Fedorov (19-6-1, 12 KOs) in a bid for a vacant WBO European belt in the very same weight class. Usarov has a huge amateur pedigree, including being a quarterfinalist of the 2003 Bangkok world championship for his native Tajikistan. Fedorov is best known for his losses to former WBA champion Johnny Bredahl and world-ranked contenders Mbwana Matumla and Yohnny Perez. He had one common opponent with Usarov in Zhanat Zhakiyanov. Fedorov lost an eight-round unanimous decision to the Kazakh fighter this April, while Usarov won an eight-round decision over Zhakiyanov last October. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
This Saturday, Sept. 26, Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana will be the scene for “The Caribbean Fury” presented by Carwyn Holland, CEO of Holland’s Entertainment Promotions and Stanford Solomon’s S&S Promotions. The co-featured bouts will pit Corinne “Sexy Panther” DeGroot against Shondell “Mystery Lady” Alfred for the WIBA bantamweight title and Leon “Hurry Up” Moore against former world champion Mauricio Pastrana for the NABA, WBA Fedelatin, WBA Fedecaribe, WBC Cabofe, WBC Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
On September 26th Atlanta resident, Detroit native, Cedric “The Boz” Boswell (30-1, 24 KOs) will be featured on the undercard of the highly anticipated WBC heavyweight clash between Vitali Kitschko vs Chris Arreola at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Calif. Slated as Boswell’s opponent is the towering 6’7 Russian Alexander Ustinov (17-0, 14 KOs). As a professional heavyweight campaigning since 1994, Boswell is often overlooked as an opponent by current contenders and would-be-hopefuls. With only two exceptions to the aforementioned, Boswell is 1-1 when actually facing someone who posed a threat to his climb in the heavyweight ranks. (more…)
Unbeaten light heavyweight, “Terrible” Yathomas “The Punisher” Riley (7-0, 5KO) has been added to the September 30th installment of VIP Boxing at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. Riley will be taking on Otgonbayer Daivii (3-2-1, 1KO). The bout is scheduled for six rounds in the light heavyweight division. Headlining the show will be heavyweight prospect, the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Captain, “Devastatin” Devin Vargas (17-1, 7KO) taking on Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson (8-8, 5KO).
By Joe Koizumi
Having been dethroned by Thailander Denkaosen Kaowichit last December, ex-WBA flyweight champ Takefumi Sakata (35-5-2, 16 KOs), 114.25, decked his second comebacking bout and impressively demolished ex-Indonesian national champ Dicky Putra (5-4, 2 KOs), 113.25, a taller southpaw, with persistent body bombardments at 1:47 of the second round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was also Sakata’s second after moving up to the 115-pound category, and he looked sharp and speedy in his short work. Putra displayed solid southpaw lefts to the onrushing ex-champ in the opening session, but Sakata’s combinations to the belly sank him for the count in the neutral corner. Putra, eight years his junior at 21, was unable to beat the count because of his pain in agony. (more…)
WBA mandatory challenger Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym arrived in Dublin over the weekend to a huge welcome from the Thai community in Ireland who flocked to the airport to welcome their hero and the man known as Thailand’s Manny Pacquiao. However WBA super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne plans to give Poonsawat an entirely different welcome at The O2 on Saturday night when they clash for the Dubliner’s WBA belt.
Results by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Josh Hodges, UFC
In the run up to UFC 103, former middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin (26-5) nearly scoffed at the fact that his main event opponent Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (19-8) walks around with a pair of fast, dangerous hands . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Billy Luppert
Unbeaten Featherweight Prospect Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard captured the NABF belt on Saturday night with an impressive 4th round TKO over previously undefeated Rafael Lora . . . Click here for more
Academy Award-winning actor and superstar Denzel Washington (left) squares off with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko after a recent workout at the LB 4 LB Boxing gym in Los Angeles. The man in the middle is Klitschko’s longtime trainer, the respected Fritz Sdunek. On Saturday, September 26th, Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) defends his crown against #1 ranked WBC contender Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) in an eagerly awaited showdown of heavy hitters at STAPLES Center. One of the most popular fighters in the world, Klitschko will make history by becoming the first fighter to headline three times at STAPLES Center. The undefeated power-punching Arreola, who has twenty knockouts with only one fight going the distance, will attempt to make history by becoming the first boxer of Mexican descent to capture a world heavyweight championship. Tickets can be purchased at STAPLES Center, all TicketMaster outlets, by phone (800) 745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. The twelve-round world championship is promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and will air live on HBO at 10p ET/7p PT.
Ice Promotions officials announced today that DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (35-11-1, 21 KOs) will meet Harrison Cuello (18-11-3, 14 KOs) in the eight-round co-Main Event at the live boxing card featuring Jimmy Lange scheduled for September 26, 2009 at the Patriot Center. The hard-hitting Dominican-born Cuello now fighting out of Albany, NY is stepping in as a solid replacement for Detroit southpaw Damian Fuller who suffered a broken rib in training camp last week and had to pull out of the anticipated fight. (more…)
Story by Robert Hough
Photos by Laura De La Torre
Mikkel Kessler won’t talk specifics about is game-plan for defending his WBA super middleweight title against Andre Ward, but he suggested Thursday that he believes Ward is vulnerable to big shots . . . Click here for more
By Lee Bates
Newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (32-3, 15 KOs) impressively decisioned Giovanny Lorenzo (27-2, 19 KOs) Saturday night to win his crown. Immediately after the fight he was asked by Sports broadcaster Juan Larena of “Combate Space” of his thoughts on a rematch and unification with WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. Sturm unanimously decisioned Sylvester nearly a year ago. “I don’t need Sturm anymore. I’m a champion now. Right now all I’m thinking about right now is going on vacation with my daughter,” said Sylvester.
By Ron Jackson
African Ring in association with Golden Gloves Promotions have arranged a box-and-dine tournament to be held on September 29th at Emperors Palace’s Theatre of Marcellus near Kempton Park, South Africa to honor former three-time world champion, Thulane “Sugarboy” Malinga. (more…)
Returning to the ring after a two-year layoff to reclaim boxing’s disputed pound-for-pound crown many consider held by Manny Pacquiao, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. dominated Juan Manuel Marquez before a near-capacity, pro-Mexican crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The stacked card, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, was televised on HBO-PPV, going head to head with UFC 103 . . . CLICK HERE for full report and giant photo gallery
The words from Oscar De La Hoya regarding the successful return to the ring of Floyd Mayweather bounced off the walls of the MGM Grand Garden media room.
The man who calls himself “Money” had just finished dissecting Juan Manuel Marquez for 12 rounds in front of a decidedly pro-Marquez crowd to earn a lopsided unanimous decision and reestablish himself as the top dog in boxing . . . Click here for more
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Rick Scharmberg at ringside.
Saturday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Main Events promotions put on a fitting boxing tribute and six bout card to honor the recently passed Atlantic City boxing legend Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. The card was fittingly called “A night of thunder,” in remembrance of the boxing legend. Gatti was a blood and guts warrior who won over the hearts and souls of boxing fans in Atlantic City and all over the world with his unbelievable courage and will to come back from the edge of defeat in winning thrilling toe to toe victories. For more details and photos click here…
With a truly energetic performance, Sebastian Sylvester secured himself the vacant IBF middleweight title on Saturday night. In front of a sell-out crowd of 5,000 packed inside the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, the 29-year-old defeated the IBF #1 rated Giovanni Lorenzo from the Dominican Republic on a points’ verdict. “I kind of slept a little in the first two or three rounds,” admitted the ‘Hurricane,’ who picked up a cut to the head in the first round. “The injury came when we clashed heads and that happened a few times in the fight. But I did not let it knock me off course and I started to get into gear more from the end of the third round.” (more…)
By Billy “Loops” Luppert
Featherweight Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (19-0, 11KOs) continued his rise up the featherweight ladder with an impressive fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten Rafael Lora (11-1, KO’s) to capture the NABF belt. Remillard was in control from the onset, and landed a sharp 1-2 combination in the fourth that dropped Lora in the corner, prompting the referee to call a halt to the contest. (More to come)
Results by Anthony Springer Jr.
Vitor Belfort capped off a highly anticipated return to the Octagon, knocking out former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin with strikes at 3:02 in the first round. After a slow start, Belfort found his range, dropping Franklin with his trademark left hand, which immediately buckled Franklin. Without a second thought, Belfort pounced, putting Franklin out with a series of unanswered shots to the head. (more…)
By Andreas Hale and David Hudson at ringside
Coming back from a 21-month layoff, multi-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bigger, quicker Mayweather dropped Marquez in round two with a left hook and pretty much had his way the entire twelve rounds. Scores were 118-109, 120-107, 119-108.
WBA featherweight champion Chris John (43-0-1, 22 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Rocky Juarez (28-5-1, 20 KOs). John outworked Juarez over the first eleven rounds, but was rocked by Juarez in the twelfth. Scores were 114-113, 119-109, 117-111. John and Juarez previously battled to a draw in February.
In a clash for the vacant WBO interim lightweight title, Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KOs) pressured Vicente Escobedo (21-2, 13 KOs) for twelve rounds to claim 115-113, 118-110 win on two cards. Escobedo was ahead 116-112 on the third card.
Featherweight Cornelius Lock (19-4-1, 12 KOs) impressively kayoed previously unbeaten Orlando Cruz (16-1-1, 7 KOs) in round five. Lock dropped Cruz in round one and finished him at 2:08 of the fifth with a right uppercut. With the win, Lock claimed the vacant NABO belt.
Welterweight Said Ouali (26-3, 18 KOs) demolished Francisco Rios (17-11, 12 KOs) via TKO at 1:27 in the second. Ouali dropped Rios twice in the first and twice in the second before Jay Nady waved the fight off.
Unbeaten middleweight Erislandy Lara (8-0, 5 KOs) scored a first round KO over veteran Jose Varela (23-6, 16 KOs). Time was 2:12. Lara is a highly regarded former amateur star from Cuba.
Junior welterweight Jessie Vargas (6-0, 2 KOs) defeated Raul Tovar (6-2, 2 KOs) via six round unanimous decision (60-52 twice and 59-53).
Lightweight Mike Perez (5-0-1, 2 KOs) defeated Richard Ellis (4-3, 2 KOs) via unanimous decision (38-36, 39-35 and 40-34).
Middleweight Dion Savage (6-0, 4 KOs) TKO’d Loren Myers (7-7, 2 KOs) at :22 in the fourth round.
By Alexey Sukachev
Sebastian Sylvester (32-3, 15 KOs), previously ranked #2 by the IBF and #5 by the WBO, is the new IBF middleweight champion following a hard-fought split decision over IBF #1 Dominican Giovanny Lorenzo (27-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Lorenzo proved he was dangerous early as he cracked Sylvester with some hard shots in round two. From that point on, however, ring technician Sylvester was able to fight his kind of tactical fight and went in to win 116-112, 115-113 on two cards. Lorenzo was up 116-111 on the third card. (more…)
Oscar De La Hoya, today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, officially announced a promotional contract between Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken Promotions, of Japan, in co-promoting undefeated WBA Jr. Lightweight Champion Jorge “El Nino de Oro” (Golden Boy) Linares (27-0, 18 KOs). The undefeated Venezuela native will be targeting the U.S. for major name fights. CLICK HERE for David L. Hudson’s report on the presser
By Bob Ryder
Darryl Cunningham ran into a determined customer in Indianapolis’ Mustapha Johnson at Friday night’s main event at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Detroit native Cunningham had to work hard in scoring a six round unanimous decision (60-54 x 2, 58-56) over Johnson who came to fight. The wide scores were not totally indicative of the contest as every time it appeared that Cunningham would pull away, Johnson battled back. In the end, super middleweight Cunningham was more effective with the clean punching and was able to up his record to (16-2, 8 KOs) to the delight of another nice crowd for promoters Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions. Johnson drops to .500 at 6-6-1. For more details and photos click here…
Team Sauerland is pleased to announce that Nikolai Valuev will defend his WBA Heavyweight Title against David Haye in Nuremberg on November 7. “We are delighted to return to Nuremberg,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “Niko only has the best of memories of the Arena Nurnberger Versicherung. That is where he displayed one of the best performances of his career. Back in February 2008, he won every single round in the eliminator against former world champion Sergej Liakhovich. We look forward to another great night of boxing.” Added Kalle Sauerland: “After all the trash talk from David Haye, it is about time that someone shuts him up. I am sure Niko will gratefully accept this task. It will be a battle of David against Goliath but this time, Goliath wins!” While Haye is convinced he can become the first man to floor the Russian Giant, Valuev has been unimpressed by the verbal outbursts of his challenger. “He can say what he wants. I look forward to fighting in Nuremberg again. I will continue where I left it against Liakhovich. Haye is a strong challenger, but he will not beat me. I will defend my title and calm Haye down.”
By Ron Jackson
Macbute Sinyabi came back from the brink of a knock-out defeat to stop Tendani Munyai in the second round of a sensational SA junior featherweight title fight at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The crowd saw five knock-downs in less than two rounds. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
Making its return to the Lone Star State, the Ultimate Fighting Championship presents a night of action featuring some of the best up and coming warriors in its deep ranks at UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort on Saturday, September 19th. The evening’s co-feature pits MMA veteran knockout artist Mirko Cro Cop against rising star Junior Dos Santos. Cro Cop has become known as one of the sport’s premiere knockout artists but he has shown signs of being on the downturn. Will the upward momentum of Dos Santos be enough to elevate him to the next level of the heavyweight division? Let’s find out . . . Click here for more
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In a very exciting fight, heavyweight Tony Grano (16-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over previously undefeated Travis Kauffman (18-1, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Both fighters were rocked in the fight and after Grano was almost out on his feet early in the fourth, he recovered and came back with a brutal assault that finally sent an exhausted Kauffman to the deck at 2:56.
Unbeaten bantamweight Chris Avalos (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over Giovanni Caro (12-9-3, 11 KOs). An excellent two-way slugfest ended suddenly when Avalos landed a right hand that laid Caro out for several minutes. Time was 2:25. For more details and photos click here…
Nick Iannuzzi 197 vs. Harvey Jolly 198.5
Raymond Charles 145.25 vs. Louis Leija 145.5
Adam Jaco 170.5 vs. Eric Clinton 175.5
Manny Woods 155.5 vs. Wilky Campfort 155.25
Cordaro Simpkins 128.25 vs. Roger Rosa 128.75
Lamar Davis 238.25 vs. Robert Turner 219.5
Kenneth Moody Jr. 162 vs. Richard Grant 159.25
Anthony Rodriguez 112.75 vs. Felipe Almanza 111.25
Tickets are still available at the box office.
One Punch Productions / Fight Factory Promotions
Hyatt Regency Tampa
Doors 7pm, First bell 7:30pm
Preview by Brady Crytzer
On Saturday, September 19th the Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its debut in Dallas with UFC 103 featuring a middleweight showdown pitting former world middleweight champion Rich Franklin against former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort . . . Click here for more
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more
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