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By Matt Richardson at ringside
From the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, NY:
Light Heavyweights: Ronson Frank (15-0, 7 KO’s) W Technical Decision 5 (fight stopped due to headbutt injury) Alexander Mancera (7-4, 5 KO’s); Featherweights (Female): Alicia Ashley (15-9-1, 1 KO) W U 6 Jaclyn Trivilino (3-2-1, 1 KO); Light Heavyweights: Joe Smith (4-0, 4 KO’s) TKO 1 (Time: 0:18) Christopher Dammones (1-1, 1 KO); Heavyweights: Adam Kownacki (2-0, 1 KO) TKO 2 (Time: 0:53) Tyyab Beale (2-3, 1 KO); Middleweights: Thomas Baldwin (1-0) W U 4 Emmanuel Brujan (1-2, 1 KO); Cruiserweights: Owen Radway (1-0, 1 KO) TKO 3 (Time: 1:18) Angel Gonzalez (0-2)….full report to follow.
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Non-televised results from the Hard Rock Hotel’s The Joint in Las Vegas: In a stunning upset, previously unbeaten Puerto Rican welter Hector Sanchez (18-1, 9 KOs) was TKO’d in round five by gutsy Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (11-2-1, 4 KOs), of Los Angeles. Pendarvis weathered two early knockdowns and was way ahead on the cards when, in round five, he landed a right hand that floored Sanchez, who tried to make count. Referee Russ Mora stopped the bout at 2:29 when it was apparent that Sanchez was in no shape to continue.
In other results: In a four-round jr. feather bout, Toddy Junior (2-0) of Las Vegas, edged Luis Martinez (1-3-1) of Los Angeles with a majority decision win, scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38. 2008 Olympic heavyweight Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (9-0, 9 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., made short work of Tyson Cobb (7-2, 6 KOs) of Amarillo, Tex., knocking him out in just 33 seconds. In a six-round lightweight bout, Mike Perez (7-0-1, 3 KOs), of Newark, N.J., battered gutsy Sergi Ganjelashvili (4-5-1) of Key West, Fla., for a unanimous decision with scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55.
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photo By Emily Harney
In an action packed ESPN2 Friday Night Fights main event for the USBA welterweight title, Danbury, CT’s Delvin Rodriguez (25-4-2, 14 KOs) retained his belt as he won a twelve round unanimous decision over a game “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-5-2, 10 KO’s). Scores of the bout in favor of Rodriguez read 117-110, 119-108, and 118-109. Rodriguez worked off his jab the entire night to setup the hook and right hand. Arnaoutis showed his durability and tenacity throughout as he landed some nice counters in the losing effort. The six bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
154 pound Providence, RI prospect Demetrius Andrade (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over an outclassed Geoffrey Spruiell (8-9, 2 KOs). All three judges scored the fight a perfect shutout for Andrade 60-54. Andrade used his jab as the key to victory over his opponent as he used that punch to open up other opportunities during the fight. Andrade had Spruiell in trouble at the end of the fifth round as well as other times during the fight but was unable to put him away in the end.
New York’s “Mean” Joe Greene (22-0, 14 KOs) kept his perfect record intact as he scored an eight round unanimous decision victory over Chris Gray (12-12, 1 KO). Scores of the bout were 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75 all in favor of Greene. (more…)
Andreas Hale at the scales
From the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s PPV-televised “The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II” showdown promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
Bernard Hopkins 175 vs. Roy Jones 175
Rocky Juarez 129 vs. Jason Litzau 130
Sergio Mora 161 vs. Calvin Green 161
Ismayl Sillakh 175 vs. Daniel Judah 175
Buddy McGirt Jr. 169 vs. John Mackey 166
Frankie Gomez 140 vs. Clavonne Howard 134
Yaundale Evans 130 vs. Juan Baltierrez 134
Craig McEwan 159 vs. Kris Andrews 157.5
Ray Narh 139 vs. Angel Hernandez 144.5
Tomas Villa 126 vs. Miguel Angel Garcia 126
(USBA featherweight title)
Lenin Arroyo 144 vs. Mike Alvarado 143.5
John Molina 116 vs. Raul Martinez 116
Orphius Waite 155.25 vs. Omar Henry 155
Gil Garcia 126 vs. Jerry Belmontes 126.25
Gabriel Holguin 173.5 vs. Alfonso Lopez 174
Esteban Almarez 142.25 vs. Juan Jose Fuentes 143.75
Eddie Ramirez 129.5 vs. Arthur Trevino 129.5
Venue: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
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Before an all time “Battle In The Ballroom” crowd of 1,456 fans, heavyweight Scott Alexander stayed undefeated, but he added a draw to this 5-0 record in a hard fought war with 4-1 Marcus Dickerson on Thursday night at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, CA. Alexander did little in the fourth and final round and lost the round on all three scorecards which cost him the win. (more…)
Derek Ennis 157.5 vs. Jose Gonzlaez 155
Farah Ennis 169 vs. Frankie Santos 173
Clenete Bethea 139.5 vs. Jason Sia 139
John Bolden 237.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 221
Luis Esquilin 126 vs. Jose Ortiz 129
Duane King 154 vs. Kamel Al-Olabi 159
Venue: The Legendary Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions LLC
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Vinroy July 198.5 vs. Fred McClinton 192.5
Lenwood Dozier 142 vs. Julius Edmonds 142.5
Nick Kisner 201 vs. Octavius Davis 236.5
Robert McConnell 197 vs. Daniel Kooji 195.5
Dwayne McRae 254 vs. Corey Winfield 301
Hugh Hinds 133 vs. Tyrone Wright 127
(Originally supposed to be a rematch, now will be an exhibition because of the weight difference)
Venue: Michael’s Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Henry Buchanan 166 vs. Julius Fogle 167
Seth Mitchell 243 vs. Ryan Thompson 263
Tony Jeter 167 vs. Vincent Robbins 162
Alexander Johnson 177 vs. William Gill 174
Horace Grant 258 vs. Jonathan Felton 218
Molly McConnell 147 vs. Adelita Irizarry 147
Venue: Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
Former three-time and two-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will host a press conference on Saturday to announce his fight against Roberto Arrieta which will air on TeleFutura’s returning boxing series “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” on April 30 at Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
David Lemieux 164.1 vs. Walid Smichet 163.7
(Canadian super middleweight title)
Kevin Bizier 146.1 vs. Wilfredo Negron 146.4
Victor Lupo 149.1 vs. Antonio Soriano 149.2
Samuel Vargas 149.6 vs. Jose Leonardo Corona 146.7
Francis Lafreniere 162.1 vs. Patrick Tessier 164.1
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
Location: Casino de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
On Monday, SHOWTIME Sports launched a new, public access web page dedicated to the Fight Camp 360° series. To view complete episodes 1 through 4, plus the episode 5 trailer, please visit: http://sports.sho.com/fight-camp-360.html
The latest installment of the universally lauded reality series from SHOWTIME Sports® — FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic — returns to SHOWTIME® with Episode 5, premiering Wednesday, April 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This new 30-minute installment includes all the drama from Detroit, where Andre Dirrell’s surprising upset victory via Arthur Abraham disqualification turned the Super Six World Boxing Classic on its head. Go behind the scenes during intense fight week controversy between the promoters, into the locker room before the bout, into the ring (where no less than seven Fight Camp 360° cameras captured never-before-seen footage) and to the hospital as Dirrell recovers from the DQ blow. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
With only two weeks away from his world middleweight championship fight against Kelly Pavlik, WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez continues his preparations. Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) will be challenging WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday, April 17th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ which will be shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing and is being promoted by Top Rank in association with DiBella Entertainment. Tickets are priced at $350, $200, $100 and $50 and are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-736-1420. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Sakio Bika will clash with Jesse Brinkley before June 16th for the IBF #1 position, and if he wins will eventually fight for the IBF super middleweight championship against Lucian Bute. Bika talks to Fightnews and tells of his respect for Brinkley’s ability, but says he is confident he will defeat the American and then challenge Bute in a rematch that he is also confident of winning (more…)
The first Sky Ute Casino card of the year is set to go in Ignacio, Colo., tomorrow night. In the main event, Four Corners’ champion Elco “The Animal” Garcia (22-7, 11 KOs) will take on Mohammad Said (33-8-1, 24 KOs), of Sao Paulo, Brazil in a ten-round middleweight bout. Said is on an eight-bout win streak since 2008. In the co-main, Bloomfield, NM light heavyweight Victor Filerio (2-0, 1 KO) takes on Mike Montoya (2-1, 2 KOs), of Colorado Springs, Colo. Also on the lineup: Brittany Cruz (6-2-1) goes four with Albuquerque Jessica Sanchez (1-1-2); New Mexico heavyweight Reginald Jackson (1-1) goes four with debuter Lawrence Ashurst; local jr. middleweight Servando Lopez (1-0) takes on Jamal Hodges (1-7-1) in a four-rounder; and, in a four-round bantam bout, New Mexico’s Aaron Fernandez (0-2) takes on Las Vegas’ David Springer (2-1-3). For tickets, call 888.842.4180.
Former five time world champ Johnny Tapia is back in jail for failing a urine test. KOB TV in Albuquerque, N.M. broke the story this morning, reporting that Tapia returned to jail yesterday after his urine tested positive for cocaine. The urine test was part of his conditions for an early release in January into a community custody program rather than fulfill the length of a sentence for a probation violation.
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and challenger John Ruiz took to the scales this afternoon ahead of their title showdown in Manchester, England tomorrow night. Champion Haye looked in magnificent shape and tipped the beam at 222lbs (15 stone 12lbs) while Ruiz, who refused to take his t-shirt off, weighed 231 lbs (16 stone 7 lbs). The fight is being broadcast live in the UK on Sky Box Office.
By Craig Watt
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (28-3, 25KO’s) is in the final stages of his training camp in Sydney for his upcoming title defence on April 14th. He takes on Manny Siaca (22-6, 19KO’s) from Puerto Rico in a bout that is sold out at the Challenge Stadium in Green’s hometown of Perth, Western Australia. This is a “homecoming” fight for the popular Australian who is a three weight world champion having previously won the WBA light-heavyweight and interim WBC 168 pound titles. The 5,500 capacity crowd was sold out in just two hours in his hometown city when tickets went on sale last month.
The 37 year old “Green Machine” comes off his most impressive win to date when he stopped future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Junior in 122 seconds in December which shocked the boxing world. After possible fights against Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver fell through he turned his attention to a lucrative potential rematch with two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. (more…)
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on June 5 when he takes on mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin (40-3, 26 KOs) in Germany. While Sylvester comes off an 10th-round TKO victory over Billy Lyell, Karmazin knocked out Dionisio Miranda to earn the right to challenge Sylvester. Bash Boxing had won the purse bid for the clash. “Roman Karmazin and I are extremely grateful for the support of our friends and colleagues at RusLoto in St. Petersburg, Russia,” commented Bash Boxing President Steven Bash. “In light of some timing obstacles surrounding a summer promotion in Russia, we look forward to working together with Sauerland Event in co-promoting this historic fight and making it available to boxing fans in Russia and all around the world. Roman Karmazin, a true road warrior in every sense of the word, is eager to come back to Germany and become the first Russian boxer in history to win a world title in two different weight classes.” (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Showtime Sports General Manager Ken Hershman invited the media to the Renaissance New York Times Hotel on Tuesday for a round-table discussion about the “Super Six World Boxing Classic” tournament his network is delivering as well as the general state of boxing. In addition to Hershman, panelists included tournament promoters Lou DiBella, Dan Goossen, Mick Hennessy, Kalle Sauerland, Chris Meyer and Gary Shaw.
The revolutionary tournament pits six of the best super middleweights in the world against one another, with three boxers from the US and three from Europe participating. (more…)
“I really feel like every fight is a stepping stone to winning a world title. Hopefully, I’ll win my first world title in 2010,” said confident undefeated Cuban junior middleweight rising star Erislandy Lara (10-0, 6 KOs), who faces dangerous veteran Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KOs) tonight in the ten round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. “I just want to prove myself,” Lara continued. “Tonight is just the beginning. This is just the start of my great career.” The 33-year-old former world title challenger Perez stated “Training has been perfect. My weight is where it’s supposed to be. Fighting on SHOWTIME is perfect for me. I have a lot of respect for my opponent, but once we get in the ring it’s a different ballgame. I trained hard so when we get in there I’ll go at it.” (more…)
WBC CABOFE beltholder and current WBC #8 heavyweight contender Manny “El Toro” Quezada (29-4-1, 18 KOs) is making final preparations for his first fight of 2010 against veteran Jason Gavern (18-7-3, 8 KOs). The April 8th card will be the first of four scheduled shows at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California this year presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. The 32-year old Quezada, who hails from nearby Wasco, California, will be making his 18th appearance at his “Home Away From Home” at Tachi. He will be seeking his 19th consecutive victory. (more…)
On April 24, Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi will host one of biggest heavyweight fights the Gulf Coast has seen in nearly a decade when crowd pleaser “Big Fred” Kassi (15-1, 8 KOs) returns for a ten round bout with veteran Leo Nolan (27-2, 10 KOs). “The Kassi-Nolan fight will be the biggest fight held on the Gulf Coast since the Etienne vs. Botha fight that was held in the New Orleans Arena and televised on Showtime on July 22, 2002,” said promoter Les Bonano. “This will be a real test for Kassi, and his performance could lead him to being rated and open some big doors for him in the boxing world.” In the co-feature, light heavyweight Anthony Doughty (7-1) will battle it out with undefeated Justin Verdin (9-0) in a six-rounder. “I was surprised that Doughty accepted this match,” said Bonano. “Most fighters typically attempt to build and improve their record and do not necessarily move up to challenge an unbeaten fighter until they make a large payday. In this case, he is willing to step up to the challenge without the bigger payday.” Tickets are $20, $50 and $100. Call 1-800-229-2683. Must be at least 21 to attend.
By Felipe Leon
Visibly excited and nervous, Antonio Lozada Jr, David De La Mora and Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo, the three main players of the “Sangre Nueva (New Blood)” fight card being held on Saturday, April 10th in Tijuana, MX, all agreed that they will not waste the opportunity afforded to them by newly minted promotional company, Baja Boxing. The three undefeated fighters were part of the first press conference hosted by Baja Boxing to announce the multiple bout fight card in which each one of them will be on their quest to capture their respective division’s WBC Fecarbox title. The three title fights will be televised by Televisa in all of Mexico. (more…)
Junior lightweight Dominic Salcido (17-2, 9 KOs) will look to rebound from two recent defeats when he takes on unbeaten Guillermo Sanchez (11-0, 5 KOs) in the co-featured bout on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” telecast May 14th at Buffalo Bill’s Casino & Resort in Primm, Nevada. As previously reported, former two-time lightweight champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz moves up to junior welterweight to face former title challenger Hermann Ngoudjo in the main event. Tickets are $10 and $50. The venue is located 25 minutes south of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 at the Southern Nevada/California state line.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jeff “Hit Man” Harding (23-2, 17 KOs) of Australia will be honored by the WBC at the Grange Gym Fox televised promotion featuring world-rated super middleweight Jamie Pittman (19-1, 8 KOs) vs Joseph Kwadio (13-1, 9 KOs) of Ghana over twelve rounds at the Le Montage Reception Center in Lilyfield, NSW, Australia on April 8th. Harding was recently inducted into the WBC Hall of Fame. (more…)
Boxing returns to Green Bay, Wisconsin on April 9th as the Oneida Casino along with John Petitjean’s Championship Productions presents a super middleweight battle between Milwaukee veteran Kendall Gould (12-14-1, 6 KOs) and Aaron Pryor, Jr. (12-2, 9 KOs) scheduled for eight rounds. Pryor, the son of former world champion and Hall of Fame junior welterweight Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, has been training in Newark, New Jersey with his father who will be attending the fights. Pryor is co-managed by another Hall of Famer in trainer Emanuel Steward. (more…)
WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero’s trainer Jeff Mayweather has responded to comments made by unbeaten Daud Cino Yordan (25-0,19 KOs) of Indonesia, who has stated that he would crush Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs) when given the opportunity. The two square off April 10th in Sunrise, Florida for the WBA interim featherwight title. “Yordan will be the one getting knocked out,” said Mayweather. “He has not defeated anyone near the level of Celestino. Furthermore his own people think he is going to lose. I’ve received multiple messages on my Facebook from fellow countryman of his in Indonesia saying that Yordan is a nice guy but hasn’t fought anybody and will lose to Caballero.”
The Heavyweight Factory returns to the Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida on April 13 with former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs) taking on Rafael Pedro (20-8-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round main event. Lightweight Richard Abril (12-2-1, 6 KOs) meets Darnell Jiles (8-1-1, 3 KOs) in the co-featured bout. The undercard is stacked with young talent, mostly heavyweights. Tickets are $105, $55 and $30. Call 305-917-5656.
It’s been over two years since Victor Lupo (17-1-2, 9 KO’s) last fought in Canada’s national hotbed of boxing, the Province of Quebec.
And despite the fact that Lupo stopped native son Leonardo Rojas in Montreal’s Bell Centre in February of 2008 to claim the Canadian Welterweight championship, the Romanian-born Toronto resident is returning to boxing-crazed Montreal with a point to prove. (more…)
From the Rio Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “Hometown Heroes” card. Doors open at 6 p.m., first bell is at 6:30.
Sharif Bogere 139 vs. Martin Tucker 143
Robert Rodriguez 124.5 vs. Manuel Delgado 124.5
Eddie Salas, 164 vs. Michael Alexander 164
Michael Finney 143.5 vs. Jordan Washington*
*will weigh in later
Bradley Blankenship 157 vs. Abram Espinosa 158
Fidel Maldonado 136 vs. Blake Franklin 137 (more…)
Prior to Roy Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) and Bernard Hopkins (50-5-2 1NC, 35 KOs) settle their 17-year-old score on April 3rd at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, both Square Ring and Golden Boy will showcase their fighters on the undercard.
Roy Jones Jr attended the undercard press conference and spoke on not only being a fighter, but a promoter . . . Click here for more
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization, Canucks Sports and Entertainment and the City of Vancouver announced today that UFC 115 will take place in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at General Motors Place on Saturday, June 12. (more…)
From The Joint at the Hard Rock & Hotel in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s ShoBox card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
Erislandy Lara 156.5 vs. Danny Perez 155.5
Carlos Velasquez 127.5 vs. Ira Terry 128
Toddy Junior 129 vs. Luis Martinez 129
Hector Sanchez 145 vs. Cleotis Pendarvis 146
Deontay Wilder 215.5 vs. Tyson Cobb 254
Mike Perez 135.5 vs. Sergi Ganjelashvili 135.5
World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts of its pay-per-view card headed to ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday, April 24. If two world title fights featuring Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber and Ben Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone, as well as a clash between former featherweight champion Mike Brown and Manny Gamburyan weren’t enough, WEC General Manager Reed Harris has announced eight more explosive fights slated for this historic weekend.
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