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By Ricardo Conde
Former three-time world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (37-6, 27 KOs) continues his preparations along side NABF lightweight champion “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) both being trained by former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia. Margarito will step back into the ring on Saturday, May 8th in Aguascalientes, Mexico and will headline Latin Fury 14 against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-2, 21 KOs) while Rios will take on Urbano Antillon (27-1, 20 KOs) in the co-feature bout. Latin Fury 14 will be shown live on pay-per-view and is being promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate. Click here for more photos…
By Dave Garot at ringside
After suffering defeats in two of his last three fights, Aaron Pryor Jr. (168 lbs) of Cincinnati, OH survived a shaky seventh round to come out strong in the eighth round opening a cut on Kendall Gould’s (170 lbs) of West Allis, WI left eyelid prompting Gould’s manager Israel Acosta the jump onto the ring apron to save his fighter from any further punishment, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 1:15 of the eighth and final round in the main event of the “Showdown in O Town” held in the Three Clans Ballroom of the Oneida Casino Friday evening. Pryor improved his record to 13-2, while Gould dropped to 12-15-1. Click here for a full report and more photos.
Legendary Hall of Fame referee Arthur Mercante passed away at his home this morning. Arthur was ninety (90) years of age. Mercante refereed many of the biggest championhip fights including the “Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971. He will be waked at the Fairchild F. H. in Garden City, N.Y. Dates and times not as yet known. He is survived by his Wife Gloria and sons, James, Glenn, Arthur and Thomas.
Heavyweight Audley Harrison saved his boxing career with a sensational last-round knockout to win the vacant European heavyweight title on Friday night in London. Harrison, who suffered a ripped tendon in his right shoulder in the second round, fought most of his fight against Michael Sprott using only one hand. Despite trailing and being two minutes away from a career-ending defeat, Harrison knocked out Sprott with a sensational left hook.
“My career was on the line so losing wasn’t an option,” said the 38-year-old Harrison. “I had to find a way to win and I knew the left would be the one that gets him. When it landed I just walked away because I knew it was over. It’s definitely the best punch I’ve ever thrown, especially in those circumstances, but it would’ve knocked out anyone – including the Klitschkos. It was championship-winning material. It was a Hail Mary of a punch that would’ve taken out any heavyweight in the world.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten two-division world champion Edwin Valero was involved in a traffic accident and a police chase on Friday in Mérida, Venezuela. There were no injuries but Valero, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, fled the scene of the accident. He was taken home by police. He later said that he fled because he felt harassed by the media and the general public. “I reacted as anyone reacts to this situation,” he stated. The champ promised to take care of the expenses of the other driver. Valero had been scheduled to leave later that day to Cuba with his wife, two children, trainer Mario Morales and adviser Segundo Lujano, where he would begin a rehabilitation program after recognizing his problems with alcohol and drugs. He had just been released Thursday after 14 days of rehab following another incident. Authorities are now reconsidering whether or not they should send Valero to Cuba for further rehab.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In an upset, hard punching Steve Maxwell (7-3, 5 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Heath Ellis (12-2-1, 6 KOs) to capture the IBF Pan Pacific welterweight crown at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Ellis boxed skillfully in the early rounds using clever footwork to evade the power shots of the aggressive Tasmanian 147 pounder. In round four Maxwell found the range and exploded a hard left hook off the Melbourne boxer’s jaw that dropped him on the canvas and referee Ignatius Missailidis crowned Maxwell the new IBF regional champion. Time 1:19. For more details and photos click here…
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Rising italian boxing star, the undefeated supermiddleweight Andrea Di Luisa (8-0, 8 KOs) became the new National 168 lbs champion Friday night at the PalaMalè in Viterbo, Italy, after scoring a spectacular first round TKO over co-challenger and former kick boxing superstar Roberto Cocco (10-5, 5 KOs). (more…)
How quickly the tide can turn in the ever-fickle world of mixed martial arts. In the case of Anderson Silva, all it took was three minutes and 23 seconds, the time he needed to dispatch former light heavyweightchampion Forrest Griffin last August and return to the good graces of the group of fans and media members who turned on him after his two previous bouts against Thales Leites and Patrick Cote . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Francisco Salazar
One of the more popular phrases is to never judge a book by its cover. For unbeaten welterweight Orlando Lora, he hopes that fight fans do not judge him on his last performance. Lora did not have a solid outing in his bout this past December against rugged Octavio Narvaez. Despite having lost five bouts in a row, Narvaez had faced stiff competition, even scoring two knockdowns in a bout against former world champion Vivian Harris before eventually being stopped. Lora won a close eight round unanimous decision over Narvaez that night but the outcome was met with a barrage of boos from fans in attendance who felt his opponent should have had his hand raised. For Lora (26-0, 18 KOs), who was a member of the Mexican Olympic team in 2000, it was not his best performance, at least not by his standards.
Lora will take a major step up in class tonight when he takes on veteran David Estrada for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX welterweight title at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. (more…)
Chris Cozzone at the scales
From the Wasted Space night club at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Top Rank Live! card televised on Fox Sports Espanol.
Mark Melligen 146 vs. Norberto Gonzalez 147
Diego Magdaleno 132 vs. Manny Perez 134.5
Lamont Peterson 143 vs. Damien Fuller 143
Jose Benavidez 137 vs. Scott Paul 138
Anthony Lenk 138 vs. Wilson Rivera 138
Cortez Bey 137 vs. Marcos Herrera 138
Vladimir Tereshkin 241 vs. Joseph Rabotte 254
Hiromitsu Miura 174 vs. Isaac Atencio 173.5
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By Butch Gottlieb at the scale
Evander Holyfield 220 vs. Francois Botha 250
(For Botha’s WBF heavyweight title)
Henry Namauu 199 vs. Rayford Johnson 196
Arthur Williams 200 vs. Valente Tinajero 198
Rocco Santomauro126 vs. Karl Hammer 126
Crystal Hoy 129 vs. Jennifer Han 129
Lawrence Hughes 136 vs. Juan Alcolea 136
Jesus Gutierez 135 vs. Johnatan Garcia 140
Alexis Santiago 121 vs. Brice Yeniki 121 1/2
Venue: Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas
Promoter: Crown Boxing
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Heavyweight contender Ray Austin, formerly rated #1 by the WBC until being dropped from the ratings due to legal issues, is prepared to take legal action against the WBC if the organization follows through with plans to stage an elimination bout without Austin’s participation. John Tripp, one of the bankruptcy attorneys involved with Austin issued the following statement:
“Ray Austin is ready, willing and able to fight in the next elimination bout. The WBC decision to announce the title eliminator between Solis and Valuev merely because of Ray Austin filing bankruptcy and rejecting his personal management and promotional agreement with Don King Productions is clearly a violation of Ray’s rights under Federal Bankruptcy Law and we intend to file a complaint in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Ohio against WBC for violating the provisions of the bankruptcy code. I have had some dealings in boxing and this type of abuse has been going on for too long. We previously advised the WBC, on multiple occasions, that Ray was available to box Solis or any other fighter designated by the WBC, but they decided to ignore Ray Austin’s right in his #1 position. Over the weekend we will be investigation possible racketeering, conspiracy, and RICO charges against the WBC and other parties. If Jose Sulaiman wants another debacle like Graciano Rocchigiainni, he is well on his way. The WBC is not going to get away with ignoring its own rules yet again.”
Andre Berto 146.5 vs Carlos Quintana 146.5
(WBC welterweight championship)
Celestino Caballero 125.75 vs Daud Yordan 125.5
(WBA interim featherweight title)
Venue: BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
By Alexey Sukachev
In what will be long remembered as one of the most fascinating endings in the recent history of British boxing, seemingly wasted 2000 Sydney super heavyweight gold medalist Audley “A-Force” Harrison (27-4, 20 KOs) delivered a monstrous left hand equalizer to knock out bitter rival Michael Sprott (32-15, 17 KOs) cold at 1:05 of the twelfth and final round on Friday night at the Alexandra Palace in London. The newly-crowned European heavyweight champion Harrison, at 38, was seemingly on the brink of calling it a day, losing to smaller Sprott the majority of rounds and showing little will to deliver anything big, until he turned the whole fight around and avenged his only career kayo loss in a stunning fashion. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (29-1, 17 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over #15 ranked contender Rodolfo Martinez (36-4-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Tivoli Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The much quicker Zaveck was in command from the get-go, strafing the rugged Martinez repeatedly with sharp combinations. The match was finally waved off by referee Ingo Barrabas with :45 seconds left in the bout, although Martinez was still game to continue.
7’1 heavyweight Jürgen Frank (4-1, 4 KOs) had little trouble with 40-year-old Dusan Pasic (3-20, 1 KO) scoring a second round TKO. Frank is the tallest active professional boxer.
Unbeaten female junior middleweight Christina Hammer (4-0, 3 KOs) was again victorious, stopping no-hoper Danijel Bickei (0-6 and kayoed all six times) in round four.
Cruiserweight Denis Simcic (22-1, 12 KOs) stopped overmatched Marko Angermann (2-3) in round four.
By Alexey Sukachev
There will be no new IBF champion at 115lb after the fight between the reigning titlist Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 6 KOs) from the Republic of South Africa and IBF #10 ranked challenger Malik Bouziane (13-1-1, 1 KO) of Massy, France. A heated twelve-round affair between two well-educated but light-hitting stylists, which was held at Bouziane’s backyard ended in a split draw, which well reflects the flow of the contest. Both boxers boxed cautiously, using jab and tight defense and going into the slugfest mode only on occasion. The reigning champion took first two rounds off to adjust himself to the awkward Frenchman. Nongqayi was the better man in rounds three and four. The see-saw process continued in subsequent rounds as well and neither fighter could get the better of another. It looked like Bouziane did exactly enough to get the twelfth and final round but it turned out to be a disappointing mirage both for him and his partisan home crowd. Scores were 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 for Bouziane. Fightnews scored it 115:114 for the challenger. Both fighters were down once and both times no knockdowns were issued.
By Alexey Sukachev
Comebacking Cuban heavyweight Juan Carlos Gomez (46-2, 36 KOs) cruised to an easy eight-round unanimous decision over hugely overmatched German Alexander Kahl (15-5-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Neue Arena in Schwerin, Germany. Gomez, fighting for the second time in 13 days, was in control of the contest for every minute of every round, continuously stalking and tagging Kahl, who was boxing in safety-first mode. Nevertheless, he was unable to visit the canvas four times over the course of the fight: in rounds two and six after the liver punches, and twice in round eight – from the left hook to the chin and the second time by the left hand to the solar plexus. Kahl was out of his feet but somehow managed to last till the final bell. Scores were 80-69 (twice) and 80-68 – for the Cuban ex-champion. (more…)
By JD Meredith, Memphisboxing.com
Fight supporters and media gathered Thursday afternoon at a press conference for the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” from the historic New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street. The bout on Friday, April 16 will mark the fourth consecutive year ESPN and Prize Fight Boxing have teamed up to bring nationally broadcasted boxing to Beale Street and Memphis. Memphis sport talk radio host, Dave Woloshin, opened the press conference saying “How fitting is it that we have boxing here. I can remember back twenty-five years ago fights on Beale every Tuesday night and we now reenact that great time.”Owner of the New Daisy Theatre, Mike Glenn, has some interesting history with ESPN network. Years ago Glenn managed a cruiserweight fighter from Memphis by the name of Mike Greer. Greer fought as a cruiserweight in a tournament on ESPN in the network’s formative years. more
Cristian Mijares 116.5 – Francisco “Panchito” Arce 118
Faustino Cupul 114 – Julio César “Pingo” 112.8
José Luis “Maestrito” López 168.5 – Juan Carlos “Chocolate” Barreto 169.3
Rey Vargas 120.3 – Ivan Reyes 121.3
Venue: Palenque de la Feria
TV: TELEVISA, Mexico
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Today Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Scott Silverman ordered that the Court’s previous order dated April 1, 2010, confirming an arbitration award in manager Gary Hyde’s favor against two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist and #7 Ranked WBA jr. featherweight sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux shall have no force and effect until the Court orders otherwise.
Rigondeaux was scheduled to fight on Saturday night’s world title twinbill in Sunrise, Florida, but pulled out citing a back injury. Rigondeaux has also split from trainer Freddie Roach and is looking for a new trainer.
Coming off consecutive uncompetitive losses to young prospects, heavyweight Jason “The Sensation” Gavern, (19-7-3, 8 KOs) was seriously contemplating retirement rather than finish out his career as a punching bag for talented up-and-comers.
“I was going to quit because I didn’t have the passion anymore,” admitted Gavern. “I looked to God to see what I should do and next thing I know I got three or four calls, including one for this fight.” . . . Click here for more
Due to the unavailability of Ray Austin, as declared in testimony given under oath in a court of law, and based in an overwhelming majority vote of the WBC Board of Governors, the WBC is ordering a final elimination fight between the two highest available contenders in the heavyweight division, Odlanier Solis of from Cuba and Nicolay Valuev of Russia, to determine the mandatory challenger in the heavyweight division. The free negotiation period begins today and if there is no agreement between the two parties, a purse offer will be held on Friday, April 30, 2010, at 12:00 noon at the WBC Executive Offices in Mexico City.
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto and undefeated WBA World Super Welterweight champion Yuri Foreman pose during a press conference at Yankee Stadium Friday for their upcoming world title fight on Saturday, June 5 at Yankee Stadium on HBO Championship Boxing.
Coy Evans 124.5 – Morris Chule 125;5
Derrick Webster 172 – Octiviase Harrison TBD
Keenan Smith 130 – Luis Esquilin 127 lbs
Joe McKenzie 170.5 – Maurice Amaro 170
Kareem Cooley 133 – Puro Pairol 130.5
William Davies 127 – Joseliz Cepeda 127
Venue: The Arena
Promoter: Greg Robinson’s Power Productions
First Bell: 7:30 pm est
Gary Shaw Productions has added lightweight prospect Rod Salka to their stable of fighters. Salka is unbeaten at (10-0, 2KOs) and resides near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
After an eight year and thirty fight career, Montreal middleweight Walid Smichet has called it a day and announced his retirement. The tough Tunisian born fighter finishes his career with a 20-7-3 (14KO) mark and managed to capture the Canadian title in 2007 and was involved in more than his fair share of exciting fights. A last minute knockout of previously unbeaten Matt O’Brien embodied the no quit attitude he brought to the ring each and every time. Fans outside Canada best know the come-forward fighter for his war with John Duddy in Madison Square Garden, the only time he fought outside Canada, losing a narrow majority decision. “Walid Smichet always showed courage inside the ring and was able to deliver spectacular performances,” said promoter Yvon Michel of the fighter he promoted for twenty-five fights. “On behalf of the entire GYM team and myself personally I thank him for being associated with us and wish him luck in his future projects.”
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
The opponent for knockout sensation David Lemieux (22-0 21KO) was officially announced today and the young twenty-one middleweight will be battling former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (20-4-1, 9KO) of New Haven, Connecticut for the WBC International Title in Montreal under the stars at Uniprix Stadium on June 11th. (more…)
Super middleweight contender Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KOs), who tested positive for a banned substance after a loss in January to Brian Magee, received a fine and reprimand from the Sports Committee of the Danish Pro Boxing Federation. However, the 37-year-old Larsen is still not free to resume his career. The federation’s Board of Directors is now planning to appeal its own committee’s decision on the grounds that the judgments were rendered in accordance with DPBF rules and not under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, to which the DPBF is bound. Larsen had said he had no idea that a Chinese herb he took contained banned substances.
Sensational junior welterweight prospect Joseph Elegele will be featured this Saturday night, April 10th, on the undercard to the “Fighting for Haiti” event at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. “Fighting for Haiti” is headlined by a welterweight showdown between WBC champion Andre Berto and former champion Carlos Quintana. (more…)
From Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for tomorrow’s UFC 112 card, televised on PPV:
UFC Middleweight Championship:
Demian Maia 184 vs. Anderson Silva 185
UFC Lightweight Championship:
Frank Edgar 154 vs. BJ Penn 155
Renzo Gracie 171 vs. Matt Hughes 170
Rafael Dos Anjos 156 vs. Terry Etim 154
Mark Munoz 185 vs. Kendall Grove 185
Phil Davis 204 vs. Alexander Gustafsson 205
John Gunderson 154 vs. Paul Taylor 155
Rick Story 169 vs. Nick Osipczak 170
Brad Blackburn 170 vs. DaMarques Johnson 170
Matt Veach 155 vs. Paul Kelly 156
Mostapha Al Turk 235 vs. Jon Madsen 252
Guilty Boxing and “Big” Jeff Grmoja, vice president, sent the following on behalf of the boxing community:
On behalf of the boxing community and Guilty Boxing, wesend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Don Chargin and his family on the loss of our beloved Lorraine. I met the Chargin’s in San Jose, CA in 1982 and have been blessed with their friendship. Lorraine left us as she lived, with class, dignity and fighting to the end. We share Don’s loss, share the pain, share the grief and boxing will miss Lorraine dearly. I think Lorraine would have appreciated these words and thoughts. (more…)
Two Championships, One Night – UFC® 112 Tomorrow Night: Anderson Silva defends the middleweight title against Demian Maia, BJ Penn looks to keep the lightweight championship from Frankie Edgar, and legends Matt Hughes and Renzo Gracie meet in the Octagon® – 10pm ET / 7pm PT only on Pay-Per-View
Penn’s Prodigious History: For those who have followed BJ Penn’s nearly nine year career since its beginning, his reign of dominance has been a long time coming.
Highly touted super middleweight Caleb “Golden” Truax (14-0, 9 KOs) will meet in-state rival Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-3, 10 KOs) at the St. Paul Armory on April 23, in the main event of Seconds Out Promotions’ “St. Paul Brawl.” Truax and Williams meet over ten rounds for local bragging rights, as the Minnesota State Super Middleweight title will be up for grabs. In the eight round co-feature, cement-fisted heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (25-4, 24 KOs) battles 31 fight veteran Josh Gutcher. Tickets are $25 and $75.
Before his world title defense tonight Ljubljana, Slovenia, IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck had a different kind of sporting challenge on his hands. In the last phase of his preparations, the champion (who also enjoys horseback riding) was out for a run on the outskirts of Magdeburg, when he noticed a loose horse. “I saw an excited horse trotting freely with a halter and reins. I thought that clearly wasn’t right, especially with a busy street next to it. I didn’t hesitate and immediately sped up and tried to catch it. With a hard sprint, quite contrary to my training, I quickly turned, grabbed the halter and gave it back to the thankful owners, who were so happy they said I can ride it whenever I want. Cool!” (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Veteran heavyweight Jason Gavern (19-7-3, 8 KOs) shockingly ended the 18-fight win streak of WBC #8 rated Manny “El Toro” Quezada (29-5-1, 18 KOs) with a ten split decision on Thursday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Quezada was cut by an accidental headbutt in round two and Gavern as the uncut fighter was deducted one point per WBC rules. Gavern decked Quezada with a straight left in round six (incorrectly ruled a slip) and went on to win a close fight by scores of 95-94 on two cards. Quezada was up 95-94 on the third card. With the victory, Garvern claimed Quezada’a WBC CABOFE belt.
In the co-feature, unbeaten jr welterweight Michael Dallas Jr (13-0-1, 4 KOs) KO’d Genaro Trazancos (22-11-1, 13 KOs) at 2:51 of round one.
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