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By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
In the main event, a scheduled 8 round welterweight affair, undefeated Jessie Vargas made short work of former IBO light welterweight champion, Pablo Sarmiento, after trapping him in the corner and landing a solid right cross followed by a left hook. Time of the stoppage was 1:31 of the opening round. Up until the time of the stoppage, it had been a competitive fight but the pressure of the 21 year old Vargas proved too much for the come backing 39 year old Sarmiento who was fighting for the first time in over six years. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Tim Coleman tipped the scales at 139 3/4 pounds and Patrick Lopez measured 139 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Both coming off huge victories and riding impressive winning streaks, United States Boxing Association (USBA) light welterweight champion, Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) of Baltimore, Md., will face two-time Venezuelan Olympian Lopez (20-2, 12 KOs) a 12-round junior welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 1, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11:45 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Archie Ray Marquez and Juan “Chago” Santiago both weighed in at 133 pounds. Marquez (9-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M., will meet Santiago (13-4-1, 8 KOs) of Denver, Colo., in an eight-round lightweight co-feature. For more details and photos click here…
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of Thursday evening’s World Extreme Cagefighting, world featherweight champion and pound-for-pound hopeful Jose Aldo stopped former UFC standout Manvil Gamburyan in the second round with a vicious TKO. In round two Aldo unloaded on his opponent with a blistering right hand followed by a long range right uppercut. The challenger Gamburyan fell to the mat, clearly stunned by the punch, and Aldo followed up with more hard shots from the top position. Gamburyan fell limp on his face and the fight was stopped instantly. The official time was 1:32.
In the grudge match of the year Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone defeated Jamie Varner via unanimous decision. Scores all read the same, 30-27.
In a comeback fight former world bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres submitted MMA veteran Charlie Valencia with a tight rear naked choke in the second round. The fight was stopped at 2:25.
While challenger Ivan “Choko” Hernandez was complimentary of WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. at Thursday’s press conference, the champion let it be known that he’s not here to make friends. “I want you to know that you won’t be taking the title away from me,” he said staring at Hernandez. “I have worked very hard to be where I am and I know and I am glad that you are coming well prepared. I am not a kid that after he trains or fights he goes out partying in the clubs. You are going to fight a man and boxing is my life. Boxing is breakfast. Boxing is lunch, and boxing is dinner. That’s my life. You will not be in my way to make my dream happen. In my vocabulary, ‘not proud’ is not there, because anyone who talks about that is only working to the half. I hope you fight in the middle of the ring with me, toe-to-toe, because this is boxing and you have to fight. If you try to run, I will look for you and I will find you. And when I find you I will introduce you to my best friends (holding up his fists). These two are going to talk for me on the 16th. I hope you are ready for the punishment I am going to give you in the ring. I showed you my body in Puerto Rico yesterday and you could see that I am well-prepared for whatever you bring.” Vazquez defends against Hernandez October 16 on PPV.
“We are promoting this event like a family event,” says Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. about his October 16 PPV card billed as “The Rising Son Returns” featuring WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. against former champion Ivan “Choko” Hernandez. “It will be stacked with Jr’s. I am a Jr. and if it weren’t for my father, none of us, Wilfredo or myself, would be here today. I am a promoter because of my father, who promoted Wilfredo Sr, who was a three-time world champion and now his Jr. is a world champion. The ring announcer on October 16 will be Jimmy Lennon Jr., whose father was one of the greatest ring announcers in the sport. On the undercard there we will feature Guty Espadas Jr., Pipino Cuevas Jr. and Tony Laporte Jr. (son of Juan Laporte). The youngest son of Wilfredo Vazquez Sr, Israel Vazquez, will also make his pro debut on the card. The publicist for the fight, Ed Keenan, is also a Jr. It is going to be a great night to be able to pay respect to our fathers. That inspired me to do the show the way we are doing it.” The card takes place at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
Three-time world title challenger Antwun “Kid Dynamite” Echols has replaced “Sucra” Ray Oliveira as Joey “KO Kid” Spina’s opponent for Saturday night’s main event on the “Last Man Standing” card in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
Former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (49-4-1, 35 KOs) of Argentina and Wilson Alcorro (26-12-3, 17 KOs) of Colombia both weighed in officially 134.9 today in Argentina. The two will square off in the lightweight main event Friday night in Corrientes, Argentina. The bout will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” series.
Bob Arum said today Top Rank’s fight card featuring Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez “got bigger and more complete” with the addition of the big Super Six fight matching Alan Green vs Glen Johnson on November 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “I want to thank Lou DiBella and Showtime for adding such a splendid fight,” Arum said. “This will insure that the television audience and the fans purchasing tickets at the MGM will get a full, complete and outstanding night of boxing.”
DiBella said “…with Mikkel Kessler falling out, Showtime could not have created a more compelling matchup for Allan Green. Allan has been working for months to reflect his true ability. Glen Johnson is already poised to make 168 pounds and there are very few men more worthy of this opportunity in all of boxing than the Road Warrior. It will be an exciting opening to an outstanding main event.”
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Photos: All Star Boxing/Joel Colón
WBO super bantamweight unbeaten champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Mexican Ivan “Choko” Hernandez appeared this afternoon in Kissimmee, Florida in their second meeting with just a little more than two weeks from when their bout will take place on October 16 in the Silver Spurs Arena of Kissimmee, Florida in a presentation of All Star Boxing in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions. Vázquez (19-0-1, 16 KOs) will defend his 122 pound title for the second time, and Hernandez (27-4-1, 17 KOs), a former WBO superflyweight champion were presented by the promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr. in the Silver Spurs Arena, along with several sports and political people.
Vázquez Jr. vs Hernández will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media in the US and by Pay Per View Connection in Puerto Rico starting at 9:00 pm ET, on “Pay Per View” for $34.95. Tickets are available at $27, $52, $102 and $202 on Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) or in the Silver Spurs Arena.
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Due to a commission doctor requirement, 3-time world title challenger “Sucra” Ray Oliveira has been forced to withdraw from Saturday night’s main event fight against Joey “KO Kid” Spina on the “Last Man Standing” card in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
CES has been granted permission by the commission to secure an opponent for Spina (25-1-2, 17 KOs), who is the WBA #6 rated light heavyweight. “Ray was cleared by a neurological specialist but the commission demanded a second test that wasn’t cleared,” CES president Jimmy Burchfield explained. “Ray did everything and more during this process and he was probably in the best shape of his career. One doctor said his blood pressure was unbelievably good. Ray Oliveira is a warrior who was 100-percent prepared, mentally and physically, to fight Saturday night. We’re working feverishly to find a suitable replacement for Spina, who doesn’t care about his new opponent, only that he’s fighting in the ring Saturday night.” (more…)
Video: Joel A. Colón
Yesterday it was Puerto Rico. Today WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and challenger Ivan “Choko” Hernandez faced off in Kissimmee, Florida.
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Photos by Photo Wende
The premiere of the hotly-anticipated “Max Schmeling” movie was a huge success yesterday night in Berlin where 800 guests, including many VIPs, athletes and famous actors, enjoyed the first screening. Directed by Uwe Boll, the movie about the eventful life of one of Germany’s biggest sporting heroes received a loud ovation. One legend was impersonated by another one, with former IBF light heavyweight champion Henry Maske playing Schmeling. “Max Schmeling would have liked the movie,” Maske said. “In 2002 there was the first idea about a movie and Max spontaneously said that I should play his role. That is what happened now and it was a lot of fun.” For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former world rated Robert Medley (29-3, 19 KOs) will return to ring action against well credentialed American Jason “The Hammer” LeHoullier (21-3-1, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Olympic Park Sports Center at Homebush Sydney, NSW, Australia on October 31. Medley, 6’0, gave Anthony Mundine the fight of his life in 2010 spotting him on weight after the former WBA 168 pound champion had agreed to make the 154 pound limit but came in too heavy. Former IBF welterweight champion Isaac Hlatshwayo also defeated Medley in 2007 and 2008, “Rob Medley is a much improved boxer than when Isaac Hlatshwayo defeated him,” said promoter Bill Treacy. “He gave Mundine a tough fight and has looked impressive in sparring sessions with Daniel Geale.” Treacy added, “American Jason LeHoullier has a very good record of 21 wins in 25 fights, so he should be a good test for Rob.” Televised on Foxtel Main Event Pay-Per-View Television. Promoter: Bill Treacy. Matchmaker: Garrie Francisco.
After a thorough review of the fight between Boris Berg and Matt Zegan on Sunday at the “Altes Funkwerk” in Berlin, the German Boxing Association Board has suspended the referee in charge. According to the GBA, referee Matthias Eichler was the sole judge in the fight, but he was intimidated by the audience and had Berg announced as the winner even though the fight was scored a draw. They say the official verdict was always a draw and wasn’t changed at any time. The GBA also confirmed that some judge candidates were being tested that night, but only the referee was authorized to score the fight and the trio’s scores were unofficial. All parties have been heard and according to the GBA, they now fully accept the official verdict.
Promoters Bob Arum and Fernando Beltran, of Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions, respectively, will be officially announcing the December 4 pay-per-view clash between “Son of the Legend” Julio César Chávez, Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) and “Contender” alumnus Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) on Monday. The card will be billed as “In Harm’s Way” and will take place at the 18,000+ seat Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Sky Sports have officially confirmed that the WBA world heavyweight title showdown between David Haye and Audley Harrison on Saturday, November 13, will be the world’s first ever boxing match televised live in 3D. Fight fans purchasing the clash on Sky Box Office are set to witness a ‘three-dimensional beating’, claims champion Haye. “This is great news for British boxing fans, but terrible news for Audley Harrison,” said Haye, 24-1 (22 KO) in his professional career. (more…)
The big November 6 Brian Peters Promotions card at the University Arena in Limerick, Ireland was already shaping up to be explosive with Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez defending his European super bantamweight title against local hero Willie “Big Bang” Casey but extra TNT has been added to the night with the news that Belfast’s Martin Rogan will make his return from injury on the card.
The inaugural Prizefighter winner and former Commonwealth heavyweight Champ will feature on the card as he bids to bounce back from a career threatening injury. Reigning European Union and Irish super cantamweight champ Paul Hyland will also feature in Limerick with the talented Dubliner eyeing a shot at the winner of Martinez-Casey. (more…)
Yesterday Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) took time from his training camp to answer a few questions about his upcoming heavyweight bout against Nagy Aguilera (16-4,11 KOs), which will take place at the Showplace located inside the Buffalo Run Casino. SHOWTIME World Championship Boxing (ShoBox) will televise the event, which is being promoted by Gary Shaw Promotions. Tickets are on sale now at the SHOWPLACE BOX OFFICE, $40, $60 and $95 by calling 918-542-7140 Ext. 220 or visit www.ticketstorm.com.
Antonio, how do you feel about coming to Miami, OK and fighting at Buffalo Run Casino for your debut has a heavyweight?
I’m looking forward to fighting in Miami, OK, it’s not South Beach, but I want Buffalo Run Casino and the city of Miami, OK to know I’m coming. Have the local Fire Department at ringside because I’m bringing a lot of heat and explosives with me in the ring on fight night. I plan on sending a statement to the heavyweight division. (more…)
Undefeated junior middleweight sensation Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (28-0, 17KOs) will be returning to the ring in December, most likely against the rugged Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17KOs). The bout will take place either on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Alfonso Gomez pay per view event on December 4th or it will be the main event of a Fox Sports card that will take place on December 18th. The date should be finalized within the next couple weeks.
While the Glendale, CA based Armenian is disappointed that a title fight with WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto didn’t materialize, he will not take Wolak lightly. “I look forward to starting training camp and getting ready for Wolak. Freddie (Roach) and Alex (Ariza) will make sure I am ready for whatever he brings,” the 24-year-old Martirosyan stated. (more…)
UFC Hall-of-Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, WEC star Urijah Faber, UFC star Shane Carwin, Denver Nuggets star Chris “Birdman” Anderson, and TAPOUT’s Skrap and Punkass will be available to sign autographs for WEC fans on TODAY from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, in Broomfield, Colo.
Doors open at the arena at 3:30 for the Aldo-Gamburyan WEC card. First bout is at 4 p.m.
Undefeated bantamweight Khabir “The Crazy Russian” Suleymanov (10-0, 4 KOs) continues his quest for a world championship when he takes on Javier “El Girito” Gallo (17-1-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant NABO title. The ten-round main event will headline “GLENDALE GLORY 3″ at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on Friday, October 22nd.
Suleymanov, originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, now living in Hollywood, CA and training out of Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Boxing Club, won the New York Golden Gloves as an amateur. Gallo, originally from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and now living in Buena Park, CA, is the #13 ranked bantamweight in the NABO. Both fighters had signed to face then NABO champion Chris Avalos before Avalos lost his title to Christopher Martin on ShoBox last month. The NABO title was then ruled vacant because Martin had failed to make the requisite weight for the title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Wednesday, Panamanian world champions Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (WBA interim flyweight), Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (WBA Cruiserweight) and Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (WBA super bantamweight super champion) in the company of Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (WBA Executive Vice President), Oliver Gómez (Chairman of the WBA ratings and Miguel Prado on behalf of (COMIBOX) visited the Panamanian National Children’s Hospital.
The fighters were happy to deliver gifts to the delighted children as they shared their stories and exploits> They also promised to emerge victorious in their upcoming fights and will dedicate those victories to the children as incentive for them to improve their health and grow strong and healthy to achieve their dreams. (more…)
Weights and photos by Joe Cordova
WEC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo 145 vs Manny Gamburyan 145
Jamie Varner 156 vs Donald Cerrone 155.5
Miguel Angel Torres 136 vs Charlie Valencia 136
Chan Sung Jung 146 vs George Roop 145
Leonard Garcia 146 vs Mark Hominick 145
Tiequan Zhang 154 vs Pablo Garza 154
Mike Brown 145 vs Cole Province 146
Chris Horodecki 155 vs Ed Ratcliff 155
Tyler Toner 145 vs Diego Nunes 145
Antonio Banuelos 136 vs Chad George 135
Demetrious Johnson 135 vs Nick Pace 135
Jessie Vargas 143.2 vs. Pablo Sarmiento 144.6
Ramon Valadez 133.6 vs. Carlos Hernandez 135
Salvador Rios 147.5 vs. Marcus Robinson 144
Anthony Martinez 141.6 vs. Ronnie Peterson 141
Jamie Kavanagh 141.4 vs. Ricardo Malfavon 141.6
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports Net
Photo by Manuel Herrera (Team Garcia)
Selling tamales, tortillas and bracelets to raise funds to send four local boxers to the 2010 National PAL Boxing Championships in San Antonio, Texas proved impossible for the families of the young Olympic hopefuls when their hard work produced less than $300. That is until Antonio Margarito came into the picture. When Margarito heard of the family’s misfortune he immediately offered to pay for round trip airfare and room accommodations for the fighters. When asked why he did it Margarito stated, “I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to have a dream crushed because you have no money.” (more…)
Square Ring Promotions announced today that it was postponing the Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Danny Santiago Boxing event scheduled for October 7 due to a hand injury suffered by Roy Jones, Jr. John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions, said “Roy’s manager, McGee Wright, informed me today that Roy injured his left hand while sparring on Saturday and that on Monday, he went to the doctor and X-rays were taken. While the X-rays do not show a fracture, his hand is swollen and continues to bother him to such an extent that we have no choice but to postpone the fight. At this point, we are planning on rescheduling the fight and will make an announcement regarding the new date as soon as possible.”
Refunds may be obtained beginning tomorrow at point of purchase. Pensacola Civic Center Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Credit card purchases made through Ticketmaster on line or by phone are automatically refunded. Tickets purchased at a Ticketmaster outlet must be refunded at that outlet.
Veteran contender Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson has been tapped to replace the injured Mikkel Kessler in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and is preparing to meet Allan Green in a Group Stage 3 bout on Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), it was officially announced today by SHOWTIME Sports® Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Hershman.
The 12-rounder between the Jamaican-born Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs), of Miami, Fla., and Green (29-2, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Okla., will emanate from MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas and open the telecast on SHOWTIME. In the second half of the excellent Nov. 6 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader, undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez (29-0, 26 KOs) of Puerto Rico will defend his title against two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35 KOs) of Mexico City. (more…)
Looks like newly crowned WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (29-2, 7 KOs) will make his first defense against #3 rated Matt Zegan (42-5-2, 21 KOs) on December 4 or December 11 in London. Apparently the contract was signed today and the fight will go ahead despite Zegan’s questionable draw with Boris Berg (3-0-1, 2 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout on Sunday in Berlin. Berg was originally announced as the winner of that bout, however two days later the result was controversially changed to a draw by the German Boxing Association.
Undefeated prospect Michael “lil Warrior” Franco (16-0, 11 KOs) has been given a clean bill of health and the OK to get back in the ring. His first order of business is to face off against Adolfo “El Terror” Landeros (20-15-1, 9 KOs) on October 22 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego in a scheduled eight round semi-main event televised live on the popular Spanish language network: Telefutura. The card is presented by Don Chargin Productions in association with Jorge Marron Productions. Franco, was originally scheduled to see action against Landeros in August, but due to an eye injury he had to pull out. Franco has since had laser surgery to correct the problem and is ready to go. (more…)
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