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Iconic British heavyweight Sir Henry Cooper has passed away at the age of 76. He is best known for knocking down a young Muhammad Ali in a 1963 bout. Ali was in serious trouble and his trainer Angelo Dundee created a delay giving Ali extra time to recover and Ali eventually won on cuts. Overall Cooper had a record of 40-14-1, 27 KOs, and held British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight titles.
Report by Anthony Springer Jr. and Andreas Hale
Jake Shields was supposed to be Georges St. Pierre’s stiffest test to date. Whether it was the fact that GSP was that good or Shields’ standup was that bad didn’t matter. But after five relatively uneventful rounds, GSP retained his welterweight crown by striking his way to a methodical unanimous decision victory in front of over 55,000 fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada . . . Click here for more
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Juan Manuel Lopez plans to start training in late May and will spend the last month and of half of his preparations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “JuanMa” is accepting the advice of Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, president of Top Rank, who said that distractions on the island contributed to the hard-hitting Lopez losing his WBO featherweight crown against Orlando Salido on April 16.
“God willing we will begin training in late May,” said Lopez. “For now we are resting and we are almost certainly going to the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight on May 7. I would go on Thursday. I feel great. I’m at about 145 pounds. I’m eating cleaner. And we’ll go for the last month and a half to Fort Lauderdale. Let’s please Bob Arum. This is the first time I’m doing it and I hope to get it right.” He said that his team led by trainer Alex Caraballo and manager Orlando Piñero remains intact and the only addition is Edwin Rivera, who will help with hand speed.
He also announced that he expects to vindicate himself on August 20 in a rematch with Salido that could be staged at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A confidential source informs that former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares could return May 28 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico against former world title challenger Francisco Cordero (24-1, 19 KOs). The weight would be between super featherweight and lightweight. The 24-year-old Cordero challenged for the WBA interim super featherweight belt against Jorge “Coloradito” Solis in September 2010. Linares last fought in Japan against former world champion Jesus “Matador” Chavez last October.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (34-8, had to get off the canvas in the first round, but went on to stop compatriot Hugo Salas in the seventh round on Saturday night at the Estadio de Beisbol Domingo Santana, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Roman dropped Salas in rounds two and four, and the bout ended at 44 seconds of the seventh round when the referee intervened and stopped the fight. Roman wins the vacant WBC Fecombox belt.
In the semifinal, middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes, won by TKO in the second round against Ruben Oropeza, who was down twice before the referee waved it off.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBA #4 Thepparith Singwancha (16-2, 10 KOs) exceeded the expectations of the crowd and others when he won a close but clear decision over formerly undefeated Drian Francisco (20-1-1, 16 KOs) to capture the WBA interim 115 lb title on Labor Day at Benjamatheputit School in Petchburi, Thailand. Thepparith dropped the former champion once in round three propelling him to a 114-113, 114-113, 117-111 victory. (more to come)
In a rematch, former longtime world champion Ulises “Archi” Solis (33-2-3, 21 KOs) dethroned 40-year-old world champion Luis Lazarte (48-10-2, 18 KOs) by close twelve round split decision to regain the IBF light flyweight title on Saturday night Club Once Unidos in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Referee Benjy Esteves Jr. warned both fighters repeatedly trying to keep a tight lid on the fight to avoid a repeat of the foul-fest in the first Solis-Lazarte clash where Lazarte retained the title in a controversial draw, after which the IBF ordered an immediate rematch. Solis did good work early, but Lazarte came on strong late. Scores were 116-111, 115-112 for Solis, 114-113 for Lazarte.
Results by Anthony Springer Jr
In the night’s main event, Georges St-Pierre ended Jake Shields’ 15 fight win streak with a unanimous decision win. The men stayed standing for the bulk of the fight and Shields, to everyone’s surprise, the challenger bloodied up the champion. When the scores were read, the champion came out on top, 50-45 and 48-47 twice.
Jose Aldo weathered fatigue and a late storm to defeat Mark Hominick in the inaugural UFC featherweight title bout. Aldo came out quick in the first but faded fast. Hominick turned on the gas in the final round but didn’t have enough in the tank to seal the deal. The judges scored the bout 50-43, 48-46 and 49-46. (more…)
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
O’neill Negron from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico improves his record to (7-0, 7 KOs) with a spectacular KO victory over Aneudi Mesa at 2:52 of round 3 at the Parque Del Este Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In other results bantamweight Luis “Rocky” Cosme (7-1-1, 3 KOs) had a majority draw decision with Norberto Jimenez. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Alma Montiel
The improbable Cinderella run of WBC 108lb world champion Gilberto Keb Baas (35-21-4, 22 KOs) ended Saturday night at the Coliseo de la Feria de Texcoco in Texcoco Estado Mexico, Mexico. WBC #1 rated light flyweight Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (21-1-1, 13 KOs), who had previously TKO’d Keb in four rounds three years ago, steadily punished Keb who showed a lot of heart until the bout was stopped by the referee between rounds ten and eleven. The Keb camp was furious at the stoppage.
Keb, a journeyman who compiled a record of 2-8-2 between between 2006 and late 2009, surprised Omar Nino Romero to win the WBC belt in November and retained it in an optional defense against badly faded Jose Antonio Aguirre in February 26. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
The Garcia Brothers joined the Klitschko Brothers as simultaneously reigning brother world champions as both were victorious in world title fights on Saturday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City.
WBO minimumweight champion Raúl “Rayito” García (30-1-1, 18 KOs) stopped Rommel Asenjo (20-3, 16 KOs) in round three. Garcia dropped Asenjo in round three and the bout was waved off by referee Raul Caiz after Asenjo was staggered in Garcia’s follow up barrage. Time was 2:52.
Former WBO interim jr flyweight champion Ramón “Príncipe” García (16-2-1, 9 KOs) regained that belt, plus revenge with a fourth round knockout over reigning titleholder Jesús Geles (12-2-1, 5 KOs). Garcia dropped Geles in round one and round four, not beating referee Jose Rivera’s count after the second knockdown. Time was 1:15. Geles had taken Gracia’s belt by split decision back in December in his native Colombia. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao signs and autograph during a special appearance at a packed Ron Robinson/Fred Segal on Melrose store in Los Angeles Saturday. Pacquiao was there to launch his very own signature men’s cologne, “MP8 Scent of The Champion”. Pacquiao is in town making final preparations for his upcoming World Welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
By Robert Hughes at ringside
Photos: Kathleen Coates
The great bantamweight fighter Paulie Ayala is starting to look more like a heavyweight as a boxing promoter. The five-fight ‘Battle of DFW’ card staged by Ayala on Saturday night resonated with the more than 1,500 fans in attendance as each bout was a crowd-pleaser, highlighted by a true Dallas-versus-Fort Worth main event won by welterweight Gilbert Vera (11-3-1, 5 KO) of Fort Worth in a split decision against Dallas’ Larry Smith (9-3-0, 6 KO). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Sarah George 108.9 vs. Susie Ramadan 117.2
Diana Prazak 134 vs. Eilleen Forrest 132.2
Venue: Reggio Calabria Club, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia
Promoter: Sam Brizzi Promotion
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Unbeaten middleweight Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Domenico Spada (32-4, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at London’s Olympia to regain the vacant European middleweight title. Barker, fighting for the first time in over a year, dominated the first half of the fight and cruised to the final bell to win by scores of 115-113, 116-113, 116-113.
King Arthur Abraham will travel to the US on Sunday morning after the referee row has been resolved. The former Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament point leader is set to take on WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward in the semi-finals at the Home Depot Center in Carson on May 14. “We are pleased that all issues regarding the judges and the referee have been sorted,” Hall of Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said. “The Californian Commission and Dan Goossen have finally decided to honour the agreement that the referee will be from neither the US nor Europe. We have also agreed upon the three judges scoring the bout at ringside. This was our condition to let Arthur travel to the US, and since all of our demands have been met, he will now fly to the US on Sunday. I´m not sure why the Commission and Goossen did not stick to something everybody had signed off a long time ago but speaking from experience I know that dealing with Dan can be difficult at times.” (more…)
Carlos Molina may be laying the foundation to become a viable contender in the junior middleweight division after his sound thrashing of Allen Conyers in the main event at “Fight Night” which took place at The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Five-time world champion and promoter Miguel Cotto is in the Dominican Republic to meet Felipe “Jay” Payano, the Sports and Recreation Minister, to discuss Miguel Cotto Promotions’ plans to present a boxing series in the country, starting with an international boxing event slated for November 2011. Looking to provide a structure to develop the sport and provide opportunity to Dominican boxers, Cotto and Payano talked about this important initiative in a private meeting at the exclusive Ministry Headquarters. “We feel very happy to visit this great country. Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic have always had close ties together thorough the countries’ sports history. Now we come here to with the idea to elevate boxing, to give an opportunity to athletes in this beloved country,” Cotto said. more + photos
By Ron Jackson
Wiseman Dlomo upset the form book when he stopped the favourite Anton Nel in the fourth round to win the vacant South African heavyweight title at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Friday night. It was third time lucky for Dlomo against the 42-year-old Nel who had held the title on two previous occasions. In their first fight, also in Durban, on December 7, 2002, Nel was in control before the fight was declared a technical draw in the fifth round. Dlomo was cut in a clash of heads and was unable to continue. In the return match, in Giyani on July 26, 2003, Nel dominated before stopping the overweight Dlomo 2 minutes 38 seconds into the sixth round. Nel who has had only two fights since November 2006 was never in the fight as the determined and motivated Dlomo held is own before scoring the stoppage in round four. Dlomo takes his reported record to 8-8-2, 8 KOs and Nel drops to 16-11-3, 12 KOs. The fight between junior bantamweights Evans Mbamba and Mandla Msimanga was cancelled. Promoter Thulani Magudulela of Ludonga Promotions said he was the happiest man in the world as he now has a South African heavyweight champion.
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By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek/Maple Ave Boxing Gym
Larry Smith 148 vs. Gilbert Vera 149
Fernando Rodriguez 134.75 vs. Miguel Buendia 134
Sammy Sanchez 132 vs. Arthur Trevino 130
Alex Lopez 131 vs. Manuel Rojas 132
Skinder Halili 149.5 vs. Derek Jones 144
Venue: Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Promoter: Paulie Ayala Productions
Tickets: Starting at $11 more photos
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee and Pisit Jeojan
Drian Francisco 115 vs. Thepparith Singwancha 115
(WBA interim Superflyweight championship)
Venue: Benjamatheputid School, Petchaburi, Thailand
Promotor: Kokiet Groups Promotion
TV: Thailand Channel 9 (MCOT), 12:00-14:00 (GMT+7)
Middleweight Darren Barker takes on Domenico Spada tonight at London’s Olympia for the vacant European title – and is ready to re-launch his career after a year out of action. Barker returns for the first time since beating Affif Belghecham at Alexandra Palace on April 9 2010 to claim the title he fights for tonight. A hip injury forced the 28 year-old to withdraw from a highly anticipated match with Matthew Macklin in September and vacate the belt. Barker had an operation on the troublesome joint and is fully fit to face the tough Italian, where a win would see him reclaim the European strap, extend his unbeaten run to 23 fights and propel him into world title contention. “I’m really excited to be back – it’s been a long, frustrating year for me,” said Barker. “I’ve been training really hard and I am looking forward to getting back in there.”
At the scales from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fights air tomorrow at a new time of 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 8pm ET / 5pm PT to see live UFC 129 preliminary bouts, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can view the rest of the undercard bouts beginning at 6:00 pm ET / 3:00 pm PT.
Main Event – UFC Welterweight Championship
Georges St-Pierre 169.5 vs. Jake Shields 169
Co-Main Event – UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo 145 vs. Mark Hominick 145
Randy Couture 203.5 vs. Lyoto Machida 204.5
Vladimir Matyushenko 205.5 vs. Jason Brilz 204.5
Mark Bocek 155 vs. Ben Henderson 156
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Nate Diaz 171 vs. Rory MacDonald 170.5
Sean Pierson 170 vs. Jake Ellenberger 170
Claude Patrick 169.5 vs. Daniel Roberts 170.5
Ivan Menjivar 136 vs. Charlie Valencia 135.5
Jason MacDonald 185 vs. Ryan Jensen 185
John Makdessi 155.5 vs. Kyle Watson 155
Yves Jabouin 146 vs. Pablo Garza 145
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In an eight round junior welterweight contest, Mauricio Herrera outworked Cristian Favela in a lackluster affair at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. Herrera did just enough to win the rounds but never seemed intent on doing any serious damage while Favela played the role of opponent perfectly. In what seemed more like a sparring session than a main event attraction, there were no knockdowns and neither fighter was ever hurt. Judges scored the bout a unanimous decision victory for Herrera by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 80-72. With the victory, Herrera improves to 17-1 (7KO) but fails to impress while Favela drops to 19-32-7 (10KO). For more details and photos click here…
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