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Report and photos by Felipe Leon
On Friday afternoon, mere steps from the San Diego-Tijuana border, former fighter Sergio “Cero” Sanchez, originally of the boxing hot bed of Los Mochis, MX, invited the Tijuana boxing community to the grand opening of his brand new gym, the Round Zero Box Training Center. Serving as the guest of honor was no other than three time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and tapped as the Godmother of the affair, two time super bantamweight WBC female champ Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava helped Arce cut the ceremonial grand opening ribbon. For more details and photos click here…
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez arrives in Las Vegas late Sunday night to continue training for his upcoming world featherweight title fight against two-division world champion Rafael Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, Lopez vs Marquez will take place Saturday, November 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
Photos by ALA Boxing Promotions
World ranked AJ “Bazooka” Banal (22-1, 18 KOs) of the Philippines will face his biggest name to date this Saturday. Banal faces former two-time divisional world champion Luis Perez (26-4, 17 KOs) of Nicaragua. The bout will take place at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. Ala boxing will promote the show. Fightnews spoke with Banal as he closed out his training camp for his fight with Perez. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Former world title challenger Jose Shibata Flores does not want to challenge any fighter. Not yet at least. However, he wants to challenge himself to see if he still has what it takes to fight at the highest level of competition. Based on his performance on Friday night, Flores looks like he is slowly moving in the right direction. Flores won a six round unanimous decision over Ishwar Amador before a crowd of about 750 at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
David De La Mora 121.3 vs Victoriano Nuñez 121.3
Arturo Badillo 119 vs Rodolfo Garay 117.7
Julio Cesar Felix 106.5 vs Patricio Camacho 104.7
Raul Quirarte 144.4 vs Luis Quintero 144.4
Edibalto Ortego 127.2 vs Jesus Acosta 123.5
Jesus Badillo 125.7 vs Carlos Novoa 128.5
Melchor Olvera 130 vs Cesar De La Mora 129.6
Jesus Alejandro Juarez 112.4 vs Ivan Ornelas 112.4
Date: Monday, October 25th
Venue: El Foro Theatre, Tijuana, MX
Promoter: Baja Boxing
We’re sad to report that well known German boxing figure Jean-Marcel Nartz lost his wife Alexia after unexpected complications during what was supposed to be a routine surgical procedure. Fightnews.com staff sends our deepest sympathies to the Nartz family.
By Joe Koizimi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC 122-pound champ Toshiaki Nishioka (37-4-3, 23 KOs), 121, Japan, kept his belt in his fifth defense as he displayed all he had and pounded out a hard-fought but eventually lopsided decision over official challenger Rendall Munroe (21-2, 9 KOs), 120.25, UK, over twelve furious rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official verdict was identically 119-109 by all judges of James Jen-Kin (US), David Sutherland (US) and Alejandro Rochin (Mexico). The referee was Guadalupe Garcia (Mexico). For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Ex-WBA 105-pound titlist, unbeaten KO artist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (27-0, 23 KOs), 107.75, Nicaragua, impressively acquired the WBA interim 108-pound belt as he dropped grudge rival Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas (21-8-2, 12 KOs), 108, Mexico, three times and scored a very quick demolition at 1:38 of the second round in a scheduled twelve-round elimination bout on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. For more details and photos click here…
By Tomas Szentes
Unbeaten former WBO light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs) is training hard for his American debut under the DeBella banner. Currently, the former national amateur head coach Karoly Balzsay Sr. directs Zsolt’s training camp at the KSI Gym in Budapest. The “Firebird” is ready to begin the sparring phase of his training camp, where he currently weighs only 179 pounds. Erdei’s main sparring partner, the unbeaten Hungarian/Slovakian “Tomi Kid” Kovacs (17-0-0, 12 KOs) arrives next week. The 36-year-old Hungarian was signed two weeks ago with DiBella Entertainment and will fight on the Martinez-Williams undercard against journeyman Sampson Onyango (20-6) from Kenya.
Photo by ALA Boxing Promotions
Former two-divisional world champion Luis Perez (26-4, 17 KOs) of Nicaragua arrived in Cebu City, Ceut, Philippines today. Perez will face world ranked AJ “Bazooka” Banal (22-1, 18 KOs) of the Philippines this Saturday at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. The bout will be a 10 round main event fight at a catch weight of 120 pounds maximum. from left to right: Mario Garcia (manager) with Luis Reynaldo Mendoza and Luis Perez, Dennis Canete (VP ALA Promotions), Mike Lopez (Spanish interpreter based in Cebu).
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photo by Sebastian Andrzejczyk
WBC #3 light heavyweight David “Cygan” Kostecki (35-1, 24 KOs) was a star during a “Hilton Boxing Night” in Warsaw, Poland, winning by KO in the fourth round against Sean Corbin (14- 3, 10 KOs). Kostecki needed only four rounds to solidify his position as a WBC title contender. Only in the second round did he have some problems with taller and somewhat agiler opponent. The bout ended when the fighter from Guyana got knocked out by quick straight right, left combination and although Corbin was able to beat a ten count, referee Daniel Van de Wiele was correct in ending the fight. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a South African flyweight title eliminator Doctor Ntsele scored an impressive fourth round technical knockout over Lehlohonolo Ramagole in a scheduled ten rounder at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. Ntsele who improved his record to 12-3-1; 10 now earns the right to challenge South African champion Xolani Sifama from the Eastern Cape. (more…)
With the majority of the over 1,100 boxing fans packed into San Diego’s Four Points Sheraton rabidly supporting him, San Diego’s own Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (20-0-1, 10 KOs) made quick work of battle-tested Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-10-3, 24 KOs) in two quick rounds.
The scheduled eight-round lightweight main event was broadcast nationally by spanish language Telefutura’s weekly “Solo Boxeo Tecate” and presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Jorge Marron Production in association with Don Chargin Promotions and Bobby D. Presents . . . Click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
WBC 122-pound champ Toshiaki Nishioka (37-4-3, 23 KOs), 121, kept his belt in his fifth defense as he displayed all he had and pounded out a hard-fought but eventually lopsided decision (all 119-109) over official challenger Rendall Munroe (21-2, 9 KOs), 120.25, over a furious twelve rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
Ex-champ Jorge Linares (30-1, 19 KOs), 133, decked his third comebacking bout as also ex-titlist Jesus “El Matador” Chavez (44-8, 30 KOs), 133, retired on the stool after the fourth round.
Unbeaten Yoshihiro Kamegai (17-0, 15 KOs), 143, finely knocked out ex-champ Jose Alfaro (24-7, 21 KOs), 142, with the referee tolling the fatal ten at his first visit to the deck at 2:36 of the sixth round.
WBA#8 Japanese bantam champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (13-0-2, 9 KOs), 119, halted WBA#14 Jose Silveira (13-3-1, 6 KOs), 119, at the end of the ninth session.
(More to come)
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA 105-pound titlist, unbeaten KO artist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (27-0, 23 KOs), 107.75, Nicaragua, impressively acquired the WBA interim 108-pound belt as he dropped grudge rival Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas (21-8-2, 12 KOs), 108, Mexico, three times and scored a very quick demolition at 1:38 of the second round in a scheduled twelve-round elimination bout on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach just entered the terminal at Los Angeles International Airprort, thrilling hundreds of Pacman fans who had waited hours to catch a glimpse of their hero.
“Now it’s time to get focused,” said Roach, “we’re in L.A.
“Today he weighed 146. This fight will not go past eight rounds. It’ll be a clean KO. I have three new sparring partners coming in Monday.”
Pacquiao will continue training at Roach’s famed WIld Card Gym in Hollywood for his upcoming mega fight against Antonio Margarito. Click here for more photos…
Results by Brady Crytzer
Cain Velasquez (9-0) dethroned UFC Heayweight Champion Brock Lesnar (5-2), Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. In front of a sold-out crowd, Velasquez pounded the former champ to the mat in just 4:12 of the opening round, becoming the first Mexican-American to win the UFC heavyweight title.
In other results, Jake Shields (25-4-1) won his UFC debut with a split decision over Martin Kampmann (17-4), with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 28-29; Diego Sanchez (25-4) dominated Paulo Thiago (13-3) in the second and third rounds to win a unanimous decision, scores of 29-28 twice and 30-26; Matt Hamill (11-2) won the biggest fight of his career with a unanimous decision over former champ Tito Ortiz (16-8-1), scores of 29-28 twice and 30-27; and Brendan Schaub (8-1) won a unanimous decision over Gabriel Gonzaga (11-6), scores of 30-27 x 3. Stay tuned for a full report and gallery tomorrow.
Former IBF minimumweight title challenger Sammy Gutiérrez (28-5-2, 19 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Luis “Mosquito” Carrillo (10-2-1, 9 KOs) to claim the interim WBA minimumweight title on Saturday night at the Deportivo San Damian in San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla, Mexico. Gutiérrez floored Carrillo in round three and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 1:24.
Featherweight Eduardo Escobedo (29-1, 20 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Cesar “Cobrita” Soto (63-20-3, 43 KOs).
Unbeaten featherweight Nery Saguilan (21-0, 9 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Eduardo Lazcano (21-2, 10 KOs) in a good action bout for the WBO Latino belt.
Unbeaten featherweight Andres Gutierrez (15-0, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Andres Romero (15-4, 8 KOs). Click here for more photos…
Lightweight Saul Carreon (14-3-1, 8 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Luis Ernesto Soto (4-6-1, 3 KOs) in the main event on Saturday night at the World Trade Center, Mexico City.
In other results, welterweight Pablo Munguia (9-2, 9 KOs) stopped hopeless Iran Ramirez (0-6, 0 KOs) in round two; bantamweight Julio Ceja (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Pedro Melo (5-2-1, 1KO); jr flyweight Ulises Lara (8-6-2, 5 KOs) stopped Ramses Escodedo (8-2-1, 1 KO) in round four; bantamweight Omar Lina (7-1-1, 5 KOs) KO’d Naum Ceron (2-3, 0 KOs) in round four.
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Eroll Popova
Former WBO cruiserweight title challenger Alexander Petkovic (39-4-4, 20 KOs) and perennial German heavyweight hope Timo Hoffmann (39-7-2, 23 KOs) fought to a controversial majority draw on Saturday night at the Erdgas Arena in Riesa, Germany. Petkovic showed quick hands and nifty boxing skills as he frustrated the towering 6’7 “German Oak,” who had a ten-inch height advantage. Petkovic often taunted Hoffmann, whom he usually beat to the punch. The slower Hoffmann was the aggressor and was never hurt, but he was unable to connect with many meaningful blows while often being hit by clean counterpunches. Scores were 115-113 Petkovic, and 114-114, 114-114. Fightnews had it 116-112 for Petkovic. As a result of the draw, the WBO European heavyweight championship remains vacant. After the fight, Hoffmann called for a rematch.
In the co-feature, exciting and unbeaten female middleweight Christina Hammer (8-0, 6 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Teresa Perozzi (7-4-1) to claim the WBO female world championship. Click here for more photos…
Khabir “The Crazy Russian” Suleymanov took his time to get warmed up, but once he got started, Friday night in Glendale, Calif., there was nothing his opponent, Javier “El Girito” Gallo, could do to stop his momentum.
By the time the ninth round rolled around, although both fighters were bloodied and battered, Suleymanov still seemed to have plenty left in the tank, while Gallo was clearly running on fumes . . . Click here for more
“Who the f–– wants to see someone get knocked the f–– out tonight?” was the mantra of the mohawked announcer, who must’ve lost his way to a Rancid concert, at last night’s Crown card at the Crown.
What Mr. Anarchy should’ve been screaming for, actually, was a smidgen of illumination. Forget seeing a knockout; it would’ve been nice to see anything, in last night’s barely lit ring, beyond two silhouettes barely bathed in a handful of blue beams . . . Click here for more
Manny Pacquiao arrives in the U.S. tonight to begin his last three weeks of training for his world super welterweight championship clash with “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito. Team Pacquiao is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at 8:05 p.m. PT on Philippine Airlines Flight 102. Pacman will train at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club, in Hollywood, Calif., through November 8, before breaking camp and heading to Arlington, Texas for fight week.
Photos courtesy PRBBP/José Pérez
Unbeaten lightweight José González (13-0, 9 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Andrés Navarro (4-4-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Antonio R. Barceló in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. González won by TKO at 2:26 in the seventh round when the referee stopped the fight due to the heavy punishment Navarro received. Navarro was down one time in round seven. (more…)
Number one Heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez says he’s goofy when it comes to love. When he proposed to his fiancé after knocking out Minotauro Nogeuira in Sydney, Australia earlier this year, he faked stubbing his toe while strolling on the beach so that he could fall to one knee to ask the mother of his infant daughter to spend the rest of her life with him.. . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC
By Phil Doherty
All Star Boxing produced another A-grade performance, although this time it resulted from their plan B. Last night’s Boxeo Telemundo-televised main event originally pitted WBO Latino welterweight champion Jesus Pabon (16-1, 10 KO’s) against hard-hitting Colombian Antonio Pitalua (50-4, 44 KO’s) for Pabon’s belt. Unfortunately for Pitalua, visa issues prevented him from making the trip. Fortunately for the vocal fans packed into the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming facility for the first time in five months, All-Star Boxing had a back-up. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Photos: Marco Chiesa
Italian welterweight titlist Antonio Lauri (34-4-3, 12 KOs) successfully retained his national belt for the second time last Friday in Padova at the Palasport Arcella, Italy, outscoring challenger Rocco Di Palmo (7-2-1, 5 KOs), after ten hard fought rounds of boxing. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
New York-based junior welterweight Jorge Teron rebounded from his second professional loss on Friday night at The Capitale in Manhattan when he beat James Hope by fourth round technical knockout in the main event of a card co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and The Empire. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao has opted to skip a visit to the Barona Resort and Casino in San Diego, California, scheduled Sunday night so he could fully concentrate on his buildup for the Nov. 13 faceoff with Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 in Dallas, Texas. Pacquiao’s Canadian consiglieri, Mike Koncz, told fightnews that a Filipino-American friend of Pacquiao had apparently promised Barona officials that the Filipino pound-for-pound king would grace an event set at 9 p.m. and then engage in a meet-and-greet with fans from 10-11 p.m.
“This is a very crucial phase of Manny’s training and I am truly sorry for casino officials that Manny won’t be able to attend,” said Koncz, declining to name the alleged Team Pacquiao member. “Likewise, the men behind this event just did not go through the right channels,” said Koncz. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Bronco McKart makes a hometown appearance in Monroe, MI on October 30 to face Michi Munoz in the main event for promoter Dennis Turner (Turner Boxing Productions). McKart and Munoz will battle over the scheduled 12 round distance for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization’s middleweight title at the Monroe High School. Ex WBO LightMiddle Champ McKart will be engaging in only his second fight of 2010 having beaten Jose Berrio in February. Although McKart (52-9-1, 31 KOs) has the more extensive resume, Munoz has crossed gloves with John Duddy and Vanes Martirosyan on his (22-5 15 KOs) record and will be seeking to put a damper on the local fans’ evening. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Former world title challenger Jose Shibata Flores won a six round unanimous decision over Ishwar Amador on Friday night at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA. Flores (45-10, 26 KO’s) was in command after a slow start. He dropped Amador (11-8, 7 KO’s) with a left hand to the head. Amador had some moments, but Flores was the more effective boxer as the bout progressed. All three judges scored the bout 58-55, 58-55, and 60-53 in favor of Flores.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Khabir “The Crazy Russian” Suleymanov impressively destroyed the very tough Javier “El Girito” Gallo, flooring the onrushing Gallo with a looping right hand counterpunch near the end of the ninth round on Friday night in Glendale, California. The bloodied and battered Gallo managed to reach his feet at the count of nine but referee, Raul Caiz Jr., wisely called an end to the fight. At 2:59 of the ninth round by way of knockout victory, Suleymanov scores his most victory to date and improves to 11-0 (5KO) while the galiant Gallo falls to 16-3-1 (9KO). Click here for more photos.
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
On the verge of losing by knockout for several rounds, Canadian Jason “Friday the 13th” Douglas (8-3, 4 KOs) was lucky enough to escape Henry Namauu (8-3, 5 KOs), of Las Vegas, with a split decision loss, Friday night at the Rio in Vegas. Douglas was zapped with a point by Ref Jay Nady in the 3rd and downed with a body shot in the fourth by the aggressive Namauu, who won with scores of 77-73, 78-73 and 75-76. Other results from the Crown Boxing card: featherweight Mandy LaPointe (3-1-2, 1 KO) won a unanimous decision over Hondi Hernandez (5-5, 3 KOs), scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice; in a mismatch, Chase Corbin (4-0, 4 KOs) took care of Titus Holmes (0-2) at 1:34 of round one; heavyweight Alvaro Morales (5-8-5) won a snoozer shutout decision over Chad Davis (2-7), scores of 60-53 x 3; featherweight Rocco Santamauro (6-0) won a majority decision over Roberto Guillen (5-8-3, 1 KO), scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38; and Alexis Santiago (5-0-1, 1 KO) got by Sergio Herrera (3-2-1) with a majority decision, 38-38, and 39-37 twice. Look for a full report tomorrow.
Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, received notification today from Lindsey E. Tucker, Jr., Championship Chairman IBF/USBA, that the IBF has granted formal sanction approval for the Zab Judah-Lucas Matthysse fight. The fight will take place on November 6, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Tucker stated the IBF Jr. Welterweight title is vacant and the winner of this eliminator for #2 will fight #1, Kaizer Mabuza, for the vacant IBF Jr. Welterweight Championship.
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Exciting welterweight Jesus Pabon (16-1, 10 KOs) had all he could handle before stopping late sub Geraro Trazancos (22-12-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. Trazancos dropped Pabon with a right to the chin in round two, but Pabon stormed back to floor Trazancos in round five. Pabon hit Trazancos with a barrage of punches in the eighth and the bout was waved off. Time was 2:58. Good job by promoter Tuto Zabala and matchmaker Ruben De Jesus in finding a competitive replacement fighter on short notice for Antonio Pitalua who had to pull out due to visa problems.
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