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By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
Heavyweight contender Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs), trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will take on Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) on Friday, August 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA in the main event on the latest edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” which is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Filipino 122 pounder Ariel “Machine Gun” Del Gado (18-5-2, 7 KOs) will be back in action on Friday when he will clash with Chen Manoprungrut over ten rounds at the Thonburi University in Bangkok, Thailand. Del Gado, who resides in Silay City, Occidentla, Philippines, lost to the world featherweight challenger Bernabe Conception by technical decision in five rounds in 2006 but stopped Japanese Zaragoza Uema in two rounds in 2010. Also in action will be PABA featherweight champion Muhammad Des Afrizal (8-4, 5 KOs) who will battle Thai Padjai “The Sniper” Yongyuthgym (6-0, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds. (more…)
WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and challenger Alejandro Lakatos (31-5-2, 23 KOs) pose during a Monday photo shoot for their world title showdown in Schwerin, Germany.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA welterweight champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (30-1-1, 14 KOs) was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. On July 16th at the Bolton Arena in Bolton, Lancashire, England, Nuzhnenko will face European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (39-4-2, 15 KOs), the younger brother boxing superstar Ricky Hatton. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian light middleweight warrior Francesco Di Fiore (11-5-1, 4KOs) won the first national title of his pro career in front of his home crowd Friday night at Chiavacci Stadium in Prato, Italy. Di Fiore dethroned stablemate Lenny Bottai (11-1, 4KOs) over ten entertaining and cruel rounds of boxing and took the Italian title at 154 lbs. It was a give-and-take affair starting from the opening minute and Di Fiore got a majority nod through scores of 96-94; 96-94 and 95-95 (Fightnews had it 97-93 from Di Fiore).
In the chief support, super middleweight Matteo Rossi (2-0, 2KOs) showed an impressive punching power and stopping Giuseppe Loffredo (3-4-1, 1KO) in four rounds. The card was promoted by Sergio Cavallari and the main event televised in Italy by Rai Sport Più.
By Felipe Leon
After Rodrigo Juarez suffered an inner ear injury last week during sparring, Hugo Hernandez (11-1-1, 10KOs) of Culiacan, MX, has bee called up to face Tijuana’s newly crowned WBC FECARBOX jr. lightweight champion Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. (22-0, 19KOs) on July 24th in Tijuana, MX, in the main event of “Full Impact”, televised by Televisa in all of Mexico. The fight card presented by Baja Boxing has suffered major changes from a different date (originally slated for July 17th) to a couple of different opponents for the main event. After Juarez’s injury, the call was made to the current Nicaragua national and Fedcaribe champion Rosemberg Gomez. Gomez was rejected after not being able to secure a visa. The venue has also changed, going from the legendary El Foro Threatre to now the Caliente Racetrack where the eleven bout fight card will be part of the Tecate Box Tour, a “NFL Experience” type of extravaganza. (more…)
This Wednesday night at The Arena in South Philadelphia, 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winner Felix Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs) will now take on Broderick Antoine (10-10-1, 5 KOs) in the eight round co-feature. In the main event, undefeated Israeli cruiserweight Ran Nakash (24-0, 18 KOs) meets Victor Barragan (11-5, 3 KOs).
On a knockout card, the School of Hard Knocks, under Isidro Castillo, and star pupil, Edgar Zubia, all from Hobbs, debuted at the Club La Sierra in their hometown. In six well-matched bouts, just one ending early, the crowd got increasingly boisterous until it nearly boiled over during the main event, when the 600 or so in attendance started to sound like 2,000. An easy win for their hometown favorite, Edgar “Z” Zubia, however, wasn’t in the books as the Hobbs hometowner from the School of Hard Knocks was forced to endure, well, a hard lesson in hard knocks brought upon him by underestimated Roswell foe John “Smiley” Herrera . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBC flyweight champ, Japan-based Filipino southpaw Malcolm Tunacao (26-2-3, 15 KOs), 117.75, kept his OPBF bantam belt as he connected faster combinations with better precision than previously unbeaten, WBC#5/WBA#9 Kohei Ohba (27-1-1, 11 KOs), 118, winning a unanimous decision (all 116-112 by all Japanese judges) over twelve see-saw rounds on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan. (more…)
Photos: SP Management
Even 5 years after he retired, Mike Tyson is still very popular in Italy. That’s why SP Management – a show-biz agency led by Stefano Pugnali – invited the former world heavyweight champion on a promotional tour of the Northern and Central areas of the country. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange bounced back from a tough unanimous decision loss in March to knock out Weymouth, MA’s Jimmy “The Dream” LeBlanc in the second round. LeBlanc showed an early advantage by catching Lange with a left hand in the first round. But, as the boxers came from their corners to start the second round, Lange completely took over, scoring with a right hand to the body and a left to the head dropping LeBlanc for the first time. Two knockdowns later, referee Joe Cooper stopped the contest at 1:31 of the round. (more…)
It took less than six minutes for WBO featherweight world champion and Puerto Rican star Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez to dispatch an outmatched Bernabe Concepcion on Saturday night at Coliseo De Puerto Rico in Hato Rey, just outside of the capital city of San Juan. After four knockdowns in the explosive—albeit short—fight, referee Luis Pabon halted the bout at 2:37 of round two, awarding Lopez the TKO to the delight of his hometown fans.
In the co-feature, interim WBA super flyweight world champion the “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire defended his title with an eighth-round technical knockout over young Hernan Marquez of Mexico. (more…)
By Karl Freitag and Flattop
Fightnews.com has learned the details behind the New York State Athletic Commission’s suspension of Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar De La Hoya’s promotional powerhouse was placed under administrative suspension over a snafu involving the NYSAC’s request for promotional agreements involving the May 15 Amir Khan-Paul Malignaggi event in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Golden Boy Promotions COO David Itskowitch explained to Fightnews that since those agreements contain confidentiality clauses and New York is a “public information state,” the Muhammad Ali Act provides for those documents to be submitted to the Association of Boxing Commissions, which has been done. Itskowitch, added that the NYSAC had never given him a deadline nor communicated that a suspension was being considered. We would expect this to be cleared up in fairly short order one the NYSAC, the ABC and Golden Boy get on the same page.
Regarding reports of an alleged accounting discrepancy involving a half-million dollars from the event, Fightnews.com has spoken to two reliable sources with knowledge of the situation, and neither said that information is accurate.
Pinnacle Boxing Promotions’ first show took place Saturday night at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds Sports Arena in Nashville. In the main event, welterweight Luis “El Taino” Galarza (16-2, 13 KOs) stopped Rodney Freeman (5-15, 3 KOs) in round two. Good to see Galarza back as he displayed some nice power. (more…)
By John Robbins / FightNews Canada
In a bloody main event at the Hershey Centre, Tebor Brosch won the vacant Canadian (CPBC) welterweight title with a seven round technical decision victory over Justin Fountain moments ago in Mississauga, Ontario. The contest was halted by the ringside physician with both fighters cut and bleeding over both eyes. The judges were split on trying to decide on a clear winner. Scores of the bout saw Brosch (6-3-4, 2KOs) ahead on two scorecards 68-65 and 68-66 while Fountain (6-3-3, 2KOs) was up on the third card 67-66 giving Brosch the decision victory and the national welterweight title.
On the undercard, undefeated Super Featherweight prospect Logan McGuinness (11-0-1, 5KOs) destroyed Jorge Banos, dropping the Quebec champ twice and forcing the ref to stop the fight in 2 minutes and 17 seconds. At the same time as the referee made his decision, so did Banos’ corner as they threw the white towel into the ring. McGuinness landed vicious body shots at will and just whooped Banos (6-7-3) from pillar to post.
In a battle of undefeated cruiserweights, Mississauga’s Denton Daley kept his winning streak intact, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Montreal’s Pasteur Mbuyi. Daley’s devastating power showed itself once again early in the second round, bringing the crowd at the Hershey Centre into a frenzy as Mbuyi clearly hit the deck from an uppercut however the referee did not acknowledge the knockdown. Daley displayed a veteran’s poise from there on in, outboxing his Montreal counterpart for the duration of the bout. Official scores read 39-37 (twice) and 39-36. Daley improves to 3-0 (1KO) while Mbuyi drops to 2-1.
Orangeville, Ontario’s Ryan Wagner stopped Chris Aucion at the 0:36 second mark of the 3rd round in a 4 round light middleweight contest. The ever ready Aucion was brutally dropped in the opening round, and rocked hard in the 2nd round, before an exclamation mark of a right hand stopped the action for good in the third round! Wagner improves to 2-0 (1KO) while Aucoin slips to 3-4-1.
In the opening bout of the evening at the latest installment of United Promotions 2010 Pro Boxing Series, Jonas Pierce was awarded a unanimous decision over Horace Hunter (0-2) in a 4 round Light heavyweight bout. Scores of the bout read 39-37 across the board in favor of Pierce, who was making his pro debut. The Hershey Centre faithful gave the officials an earful, obviously feeling that Hunter had done more than enough to achieve victory.
WBC #3 welterweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (33-0-1, 25 KOs) scored a brutal sixth round TKO over #14 rated Luciano Leonel Cuello (26-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena VFG in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. In what had evolved into a highly charged grudge match, Alvarez dropped Cuello in both the first and second rounds. Cuello stayed on his feet for the rest of the fight, but it was all one-way traffic from Canelo and the beating was finally stopped in round six. With the win, Alvarez claimed the vacant WBC Silver super welterweight belt. Among those on hand were “The Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
On Saturday’s Viloria-Soto at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, IBF Pan Pacific lightweight champion Al Sabaupan (13-0-1, 10 KOs) retained his title when he scored impressive knockout over Wonpichit Twinsgym (12-2, 11 KOs) in round one. Sabaupan attacked his 5’11 opponent from the opening bell – connecting with power shots to the head and body. At 2:10 of round one, referee Gene Del Bianco counted Twinsgym out after he was dropped by a barrage of power shots to the head. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBO Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Lopez (29-0, 26 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Bernabe Concepcion (28-4-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. In a wild round one, Juanma dropped Concepcion and went for the KO but was knocked down himself by Concepcion near the end of the round. Lopez roared back to floor Concepcion twice in round two, the second time the bout was stopped . Time was 2:37. Next up for Juanma is a bout with Mexican ring legend Rafael Marquez.
WBA interim super flyweight champion Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez (27-2, 20 KOs). Donaire fought from the southpaw stance for the first four rounds and had mixed results. He switched back to his normal orthodox stance in round five and dropped Marquez with a series of big punches. Donaire was in command from that point on. The end came in round eight when Marquez was floored by a hard uppercut in round eight. Time was 2:59. For more details and photos click here…
Heavyweight Kevin McBride (34-7-1, 29 KOs), returning from a two-and-a-half year layoff, was upset by spoiler Zack Page (21-29-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. The 282lb McBride, best known for ending the career of Mike Tyson, was too slow to deal with the workrate of the quicker cruiserweight-sized Page and lost a one-sided eight round unanimous decision by scores of 80-82, 80-72 and 78-74.
Heavyweight Nagy Aguilera (16-3, 11 KOs) needed just 67 seconds to annihilate Roderick Willis (14-7-1, 8 KOs). Aguilera, rebounding from a KO loss to Sam Peter in an IBF eliminator, bumrushed Willis and unloaded until the bout was waved off.
Featherweight Luis Orlando Del Valle (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Pasqual Rouse (20-15-3, 11 KOs). The bout was for the NY State championship.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Undefeated welterweight prospect Mike “MJ” Jones (22-0, 18 KOs) retained his NABA and NABO titles with a dominant but somewhat controversial fifth round knockout of Irving Garcia (17-5-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night’s boxing card in Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The nationally televised victory on SHOWTIME’s popular ShoBox series put the hard hitting Philly welterweight one step closer to a world title shot. “I want Andre Berto next, said Jones after the fight. “I think that is a fight that would be fight that the major networks would definitely want.”
Jones’ promoter, Hall of Famer J Russell Peltz, also spoke on the future of the rising welterweight superstar. “Mike really wants the Berto fight and If Berto wants it then that is what we will do,” said Peltz. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It was announced in the Mexican press Rodolfo Garay (27-18-1, 18 KOs) and Luis Valdez (14-5-1, 7 KOs) will be fighting for the WBA Contiental Americas bantamweight title on July 16 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The WBA Board, however, has not sanctioned that fight and wants to clarify that the regional belt will not be in play for that fight.
Former two-time light flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (27-3, 15 KOs) edged out Omar Soto (19-7-2, 13 KOs) by split decision over ten rounds on Saturday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Manila, Philippines. Viloria prevailed by scores of 97-93, 97-93 on two cards, while Soto was up by an identical 97-93 on the third card. Viloria was returning from his TKO loss to against Carlos Tamara, when he lost his IBF belt in January. Manny Pacquiao and Gerry Penalosa were among those in attendance.
Looks like WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel will fight Rafael Concepcion after all on July 17 at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Concepcion was originally slated to face Montiel on that date, but was moved to the undercard in favor of WBO interim bantam champ Eric Morel. Morel, however, has now pulled out of the fight citing an undisclosed injury and Concepcion is back in the frame.
Jimenez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the July issue of Boxeo La Revista will be available next week in Chiapas, Mexico during the big boxing card where Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel will defend his world championship against Eric Morel. The magazine which had been published as the official program of the “Latin Fury” boxing series is now available as a monthly magazine and will cover upcoming fights, will have results of fights and as well as reports on past boxing stars and the stars of the future. The digital edition of the magazine is now available. (more…)
In non-Antonio Margarito related business at Friday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting, the officials for the July 31 fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz were selected. The referee will be Vic Drakulich, judges will be Patricia Morse Jarman, Jerry Roth and Glenn Trowbridge.
By Rocky Zuniga / Fightnews Canada
Thursday night at the Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg, King John Boxing presented “Hometown Heroes”, a fight card that featured some of the best fighters fighting out of the Manitoba capital today. Olivia Gerula, the WBC Super Featherweight champion of the world headlined the card while Larry “Razor” Sharpe, a former Canadian champ and NABA champion, and Chad Brisson, a former Canadian champ and Super Lightweight contender saw action as well. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Panama-based Haitian prospect Evens Pierre (14-1, 11 KOs) has been struck by tragedy just six days after winning the WBA lightweight Fedecentro title with a convincing win over Augusto Pinillla on July 2. Pierre’s mother was killed in a traffic accident in Haiti. Evens is scheduled to return to ring action on a card in Colon, Panama on July 31. Fightnews joins in sending its condoleances to Evens Pierre.
Photos: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME
Philadelphia’s Mike Jones retained his perfect record, NABA and NABO titles and furthered his ascent to stardom in the welterweight division by knocking out Puerto Rico’s Irving Garcia in the fifth round at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. The card’s other welterweight prospect Antwone Smith did not have the same luck. Lanardo Tyner upset Smith via technical knockout at 1:15 in the ninth round on ShoBox: The New Generation. (more…)
Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (28-0, 25 KOs) weighed in at 125.3 pounds and Filipino challenger Bernabe Concepcion (30-2-1, 17 KOs) measured 125 pounds during Friday’s weigh in at Coliseo de Puerto Rico, in Hato Rey, just outside San Juan, Puerto Rico. The undefeated Lopez, who previously held the Jr. featherweight title for five successful defenses, will make the first defense of his world title in the main event of world championship doubleheader tonight on SHOWTIME® Championship Boxing, LIVE on SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten junior middleweight Erislandy Lara (12-0, 7 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of William Correa (8-4, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Softball Country Complex in Denver, Colorado. Correa was down twice before the bout was waved off at 2:34.
Junior featherweight Derrick Wilson (7-1-2, 2 KOs) has done it again! Wilson dropped previously unbeaten Ricky Lopez (7-1, 2 KOs) twice in round one and went on to take a six round majority decision. Scores were 56-56, 57-55, 58-54. Wilson had previously taken the “0” from highly regarded Charles Huerta last July, then surprisingly struggled to a 1-1-1 record against weak opposition until meeting Lopez.
Welterweight Raul Carillo (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Joel Vargas (2-1-1, 2 KOs).
Female featherweight Nohime Dennisson (7-3-1, 3 KOs) won a four-rounder over Brittany Cruz (7-3, 1 KO).
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