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By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Young Italian light welterweight Samuele Esposito (5-1, 3 KOs) won the first national title of his pro career on Friday night at Parma in the local Sports Hall, Italy. Esposito outscored veteran former national challenger Alfredo Di Feto (19-9-1, 8 KOs) over ten strong and brutal rounds of boxing and took home the Italian belt at 147 lbs. It was a give-and-take affair starting from the opening minute, and Esposito got a split decision through scores of 96-93; 95-93 and 93-95.
On the undercard, bantamweight national contender Pio Antonio Nettuno (6-1, 1 KOs) was back in action and scored a six-round decision win over Bulgarian trialhorse Fikret Remziev (4-12, 3 KOs) Sergio Cavallari promoted with Rai Sport Più televising.
Junior Welterweight Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (20-2) is chomping at the bit to get at Tim “The Pit Bull” Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) for the USBA/IBF title at Chumash Indian Casino in Santa Ynez Valley on October 1. “I can’t wait to get in the ring next Friday. I feel more ready than ever to take on Coleman. I’m motivated because he has a title that I want and I want to show everyone that I am a more than just a worthy challenger. I am the destined champion” said Lopez as he closes training camp in Indio, California. Continued Lopez, “I read Coleman’s comments diminishing my stellar amateur career and how I represented my nation in two Olympics. I think Coleman should realize he barely got the USBA title against Aranoutis, if he thinks that was a tough fight he hasn’t seen anything yet.” (more…)
Former world title challenger Howard Eastman (46-7, 36 KO’s) of Guyana surprisingly lost to countryman Kwesi Jones (6-1, 3 KOs) by four round unanimous decision. The middleweight bout took place at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, in Georgetown, Guyana. Eastman unsuccessfully challenged Bernard Hopkins for the unified middleweight world titles in 2005. In other action hard punching cruiserweight Shawn Cox (11-1, 10 KOs) of Barbados won his first professional bout that went the distance as he unanimously decisioned Leon Gilkes of Guyana in 4 rounds. All of Cox’ prior victories had been by knockout. Cox is currently WBC CABOFE Cruiserweight champion.
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Promoter TMS Fight Night, Greg Ahrens along with Executive Producer Henry Grooms, HCG 5-Star Productions presented a four bout card on Friday night at Bert’s Entertainment Center in Detroit. In a crackling good main event junior middleweights Chad Greenleaf, Parkersburg, WV and Ali Tareh, Tampa, FL put on an action packed brawl for the fans. Plenty of two way back and forth exchanges with little clinching permeated the entire contest. Tareh stunned Greenleaf in the first however, in what would be a constant throughout this bout, Chad battled his way back with clubbing combinations of his own. Ali stepped up his attack to the body in the third, hurting Chad again and at this point seemed to be on the verge of taking control. Greenleaf though dug in and rocked Tareh in the fifth with several hard shots sending Ali to the canvas in a semi delayed reaction. Tareh managed to rise but referee Frank Garza waved it off at 2:59 of the round as Ali was clearly unable to defend himself. Greenleaf improves to (13-16-1, 6 KOs) while Tareh declines to (9-8-4, 4 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photo by Sroi Mungmee
WBC #27 strawweight Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai (5-0, 3 KOs) won a unanimous decision over PABA #6 Jetly Purisima (reportedly 9-8-1) to retain his WBC youth 105 lb title on Friday at Siam Society Hotel and Resort in Bangkapi, Bangkok, Thailand. The local news reported that this bout was a close affair but the Thai fighter was favored because of his more accurate punches. Scored: 96-94,95-94 and 98-92 for the retaining champion. Yodgoen, a former Muay thai champion, kept his WBC youth belt for the second time. In other action, former WBC flyweight champion Medgoen Singsurat (69-6, 47 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Pathomchai Pathomphothong. Also, WBC #38 light flyweight Yodmongkol Wor Saengthep (9-2, 7 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Justin Golden Boy of Indonesia. This event was promoted by Petchyindee Boxing Promotion.
Eric Hunter 125 vs. Andre Wilson 124
Gary Russell Jr. 126 vs. Willie Villanueva 125.5
Dominic Wade 162 vs. Freddie Montoya 158
Deontay Wilder 220 vs. Shannon Caudle TBA
Alex Guerrero 194.5 vs. Dustin Schnakenberg 199
Venue: Fitz Casino, Tunica, Mississippi
Promoter: Prize Fight
Former heavyweight title challenger Matt Skelton has vowed to make his experience count when he enters the Prizefighter Heavyweights IV at York Hall on October 9 – with Kickboxing his secret weapon. At 43 years of age, Skelton is the oldest man on the bill in the 14th outing of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournament live on Sky Sports, but Skelton says he will draw on his experience from his successful Kickboxing career to cope with the stop-start frenetic paced night of action in East London.
“It’s a bit of a different concept to what I am used to fighting in the last four or five years with the three rounds then the break,” said Skelton. “But I used to do that in Japan in a similar way with Kickboxing because there were a lot of tournaments that were like that, and even though it was a long while ago, I can still remember how to cope with that so I’ll be using that on the night. (more…)
Teon Kennedy 122 vs. Alex Becerra 120
(for vacant NABA super bantamweight title)
Tommie Speller 166.5 vs. Dennis Hasson 167.5
Dillet Frederick 143 vs. Ronald Cruz 145
Treysean Wiggins 142.5 vs. Jason Sosa 138.5
Chris Green 134.5 vs. Deroy Beaton 137.5
Julio DeJesus 138 vs. Linwood Hurd 138.5
Rashad Brown 163 vs. Greg Hackett 166.5
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Bally’s Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Photo by Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
Victor Bisbal 236 vs. Brock Stodden 217
Juan González 135.5 vs. Angel Daniel Lorenzana 136
Marcos Jiménez 130.2 vs. Robert Daluz 128
Abner Cotto 135 vs. Enrique Quiñones 135
Irvin Torres 133 vs. Jonathan Cruz 134
Alvin Torres 131 vs. Gadiel Andaluz 130.5
Onell Negrón 132 vs. Christopher Rivera 129
Emanuelle González 130 vs. Nelson Casanova 128.2
Venue: Angel “Cholo” Espada Coliseum
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment
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Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Ramón García 108 vs. Manuel Vargas 108
Humberto Mauro Gutiérrez 135.1 vs. René González 132.3
David Gaspar 116.1 vs. Jesús Ceja 119.2
José Cayetano 121.7 vs. Daniel González 119.7
Raúl Hirales 119.9 vs. Fernando Vargas 119.9
Víctor García 142.2 vs. Juan Pablo Bojórquez 138
Byron González 129.2 vs. Francisco Javier Vargas 129.2
Daniel Modad 117.5 vs. Mario Lara 113.5
Venue: El Foro, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer Boxing
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By Bob Ryder
Chaos at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor Casino featuring Ronald Hearns in the main event has been postponed. The show was beset with issues from the start. Initially announced opponent for Hearns, Brian Mihtar thought he had locked up the opportunity of his career only to find out that Hearns’ camp was not interested in the fight from a risk/reward standpoint. As other opponents were sought for Hearns, promoters and organizers of the show worked to fill out the card including an attractive match up featuring Darryl Cunningham vs. Aaron Pryor, Jr.. Rumors of passport problems and other difficulties were circulating behind the scenes and perhaps contributed to the postponement. Hopefully things can get ironed out for the future as this is an excellent venue to stage boxing in the Detroit/Windsor area. (more…)
From the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 9pm ET / 6pm PT to see live UFC 119 preliminary bouts.
Mirko Cro Cop 227 vs. Frank Mir 252
Ryan Bader 205 vs.Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 205
Chris Lytle 171 vs.Matt Serra 170
Evan Dunham 156 vs.Sean Sherk 155
Jeremy Stephens 155 vs.Melvin Guillard 155
Joe Doerksen 186 vs.CB Dollaway 186
Joey Beltran 239 vs.Matt Mitrione 253
Pat Audinwood 156 vs.Thiago Tavares 155
Waylon Lowe 154 vs.Steve Lopez 156
Julio Paulino 170 vs.TJ Grant 170
Sean McCorkle 263 vs.Mark Hunt 265
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
“I will shock Poland tommorow night. Nobody gives me a chance for an upset, but I will silnce my critics and Włodarczyk with my fists” – said Jason Robinson (19-5, 11 KO) during todays weigh-in “Złote Tarasy” shopping complex in Warsaw, Poland. Robinson will challenge defending WBC cruiserweight champion and former IBF champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (43-2-1, 32 KO) in his native country. Both fighters were in top form – Krzysztof Włodarczyk weighed 197.3 lbs and his American rival, Jason Robinson 199.5 lbs. “Robinson is a southpaw but I’m a better boxer. I will prove this without a a doubt tommorow night” – answered “Diablo” visibly more relaxed then before his latest fights.
By Ron Jackson
Mthokozisi Malinga and Khaphathe Mpambanyeni meet over 12 rounds for the vacant South African middleweight title on Saturday afternoon at Strandville near Durban. The title became vacant when Peter Mashamaite was unable to defend the title as he was already committed to a more lucrative fight for the vacant WBO Africa middleweight title against Ismail Tetteh of Ghana on July 31. Mashamaite outpointed Tetteh. Malinga from KwaZulu Natal who fights out of Vosloorus in Gauteng has a reported record of (8-3-1, 1 KO), is the number one contender in the most recent Boxing SA rankings, made his pro debut in June 1998 with points decision over Vusi Mngomezulu. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Photo by Jeff Ellis
Promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced details for a blockbuster bill on November 6 at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, dubbed “Declaration of War” headed by Isaac Chilemba of Malawi defending his IBO super middleweight belt against South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen. Chilemba, who has been fighting at light heavyweight, came down to super middleweight to outpoint Australian Michael Bolling by wide margins in a clash for the vacant IBO belt in June this year. The fight has developed into a real grudge affair as Oosthuizen (11-0, 8 KOs) and Chilemba (15-1, 8 KOs) both have shown their dislike for each other. (more…)
The Group Stage 3 matchups in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, the unprecedented boxing tournament from SHOWTIME Sports® featuring the world’s best super middleweights, have been rescheduled for November 27, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager for sports programming on the network.
The matchup between breakout American stars and friends, Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell, will headline the SHOWTIME® telecast on Saturday, Nov. 27, live at 9p.m. ET/PT. Ward vs. Dirrell, one of the most talked about matchups of the year, will be contested for Ward’s WBA championship and the newly vacated WBC belt, adding yet another dramatic layer to an already captivating fight.
Ward has already locked up his Semifinal berth, but will be protecting his title and undefeated professional record. Dirrell, conversely, needs a win to guarantee his place in the Semis. Dirrell conceivably could get in with two points but he would need help from fellow tournament competitors.
On the same night, Saturday, Nov. 27 from Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, Arthur Abraham will meet former WBC titlist Carl Froch for their pivotal Group Stage 3 fight. Promoters Kalle Sauerland and Mick Hennessy are working with the Hartwell Arena to finalize details for the event. This bout, matching arguably the two toughest and most aggressive punchers in the Super Six, has been rescheduled from Oct. 2 due to a back injury to Froch.
Allan Green, whose Group Stage 3 bout with Mikkel Kessler was waylaid when Kessler withdrew from competition with an eye injury, has left the perennial contender without an opponent. A decision on Green’s Group Stage 3 bout is expected in the coming days. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
New Promotional Company “Cintron Fizer Shocks” will promote their first professional boxing show on Saturday Sept 25th at the Soccer Center, 2610 Bay St, in Tacoma, Washington. Headlining the show will be Molly McConnell (10-2-5) against Kita Watkins, (5-7) in a scheduled 10 rounder for the WIBF 147 lb title. Also appearing will be several Cuban fighters from their Olympic team in 4 rounders. Tickets are priced starting at $25 and can be purchased at (619)964-6828, or at the door. The fights start at 7 PM. See you at the fights.
From the County Coliseum in El Paso for tonight’s Zeferino card:
Abie Han 154 vs. Hilario Lopez 161*
* Lopez was 5 lbs. over the contracted weight but fight will go on.
David Medina 166 vs. Anthony Shuler 165
Cesar Valenzuela 140 vs. Lorenzo Estrada 143
Oscar Valenzuela 142 vs. Joaquin Abilla 141
Crown Boxing returns to the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with a card headlining local cruiserweight Henry Namauu (7-3, 5 KOs) taking on Jason “Friday the 13th” Douglas (8-2, 4 KOs) of Ontario, Canada. Both fighters are coming off recent TKO wins. Also scheduled for the card: undefeated Las Vegas super bantamweight Alexis Santiago (4-0, 1 KO) takes on Sergio Herrera (3-1-1), of Mexico; Las Vegas featherweight Rocco Santomauro (5-0) takes on rugged veteran Robert Guillen (5-7-3, 1 KO), of Glendale, Arizona, who seeks to end a three-bout losing streak; in a female bout, Vegas featherweight Mandy LaPointe (2-1-2, 1 KO) is up against Arizona’s Hondi Hernandez (5-4, 3 KOs), who is coming off a two-year layoff and four-bout losing streak; and, in the opening bout, heavyweight Chad Davis (2-6), of Phoenix, takes on Alvaro Morales (4-8-5), of Las Vegas. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale at the Rio box office at 702.777.7776.
On paper, it was a fight most people wanted to see, even if only to believe that the most resilient fighter of this era, former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight champion “Minotauro” Nogueira was still able to rise from the proverbial dead to pull off an improbable victory.
But for the man scheduled to be facing Nogueira on September 25th in Indianapolis, Frank Mir, it was going to be one of those fights where a win would be expected and a loss would be catastrophic. And after delivering a one-sided thrashing to Nogueira in their first meeting in December of 2008, how could he possibly top the emotional victory that earned him the interim UFC crown?. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The camps of WBA super weleterweight interim champion Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan and American mandatory challenger Austin Trout have arrived at an agreement that will permit to Ishida to take a voluntary defense against Mexican Rigoberto “Español” Álvarez, brother of Canelo Alvarez, on the condition that the Ishida-Alvarez winner do his mandatory defense against Trout in December.
Former U.S. Amateur Champion and 2008 Olympic Trials Finalist, Charles Hatley (13-0) will take on former world contender Emanuel Augustus (38-32-6) in an 8-round welterweight main-event on Saturday at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. QuikTrip Park is home of the Grand Prairie Airhogs minor league baseball club and next to Lone Star Park Racetrack. The Hatley vs Augustus matchup will be one of seven bouts on the professional fight card that begins at 7:30 pm. The event is being promoted by Black Gloves Promotions, in association with the Grand Prairie Airhogs. FREE TICKETS (general admission) are available from participating DFW area QuikTrip Stores, as well on the Grand Prairie Airhogs website — www.airhogsbaseball.com. Regular prices are $15 and $50. With the promotional FREE TICKET, fans can upgrade to reserved seating for only $5 and Field Level VIP for $25.
Promoter Frank Warren may be forced to move on and make a new match for James DeGale in December as the clock continued to wind down on a positive response from George Grove and his manager Adam Booth to accept or decline his offer. On Monday Warren sent a formal offer to Adam Booth at 12:58hrs offering Groves a fight against Olympic Champion DeGale on December 11 in London. The offer made to Groves was for £50,000 – with no options attached – which would be his biggest pay-day to date. Booth made an uninvited counter-offer, but it fell far short of the lowest purse DeGale has ever received since turning pro after claiming Olympic Gold. (more…)
Tickets for the Nov 6th fight between Zab “Super” Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) and Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs) at the Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, go on sale 11am today. Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office or Ticketmaster. Anyone who purchased tickets for the Judah – Clark fight may use that ticket for the same seat on November 6th or return the ticket to the Prudential Center Box Office by October 2nd for a full refund.
In his next step towards a world title, unbeaten WBO Youth lightweight champion Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9KOs) when he hosts the rugged Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24KO) at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in his hometown of San Diego, CA on Friday, October 22nd. The eight round main event will be televised live by Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast and presented by Don Chargin Promotions with Jorge Marron Productions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Bobby D. Presents. (more…)
By Robert Coster
The green light was finally given for the fight between European lightweight champion Andy Murray (21-0, 12 KOs) and his dangerous Dominican rival John Nolasco (18-4-4, 8 KOs). Indeed, the Irish Embassy in Washington DC finally gave Nolasco the visa to travel to Ireland where he will clash with Murray in Letterkeny on October 2nd after over three weeks of uncertainty. Nolasco is excited by the fact that Murray who has never fought a Latin boxer. “This will be a fight between a man and a boy,” said the 34-year-old Dominican, “the man is me and I’m going to give the boy – Murray – a good spanking. His record is pretty enough but he has never faced the kind of opposition I have faced.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBA/WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (36-2-1,27KO’s) is not happy with recent comments made by WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs) who stated the current IBO bantamweight champion is running scared of him. Darchinyan who won the IBO title in May by outpointing Eric Barcelona says that Montiel has only fought one real fighter in Johnny Gonzalez and that he lacks courage to fight the Australian-based, Armenian-born champion. “Montiel needs to get his head right and stop believing the fairy tales Top Rank have been telling him,” Darchinyan said. (more…)
Photos: Mark Robinson/Golden Boy Promotions
WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan (left) and WBA Super Lightweight Interim World Champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana (right) pose on September 23, 2010 in London, England at the press conference to announce their December 11, 2010 world title fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.
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Today in Tijuana, current world champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia and former world champion, Manuel “Chango” Vargas predict a victory when they meet this Saturday night at the Foro in Tijuana in a battle for the WBO Interim junior flyweight championship in the main event of “Top Rank Live” that will be televised in the United State by Fox Sports Espanol. With no clear favorite in this fight, Guillermo Brito of Zanfer Promotions said he expected a fight of the year type battle from the young champion Ramón “Príncipe” García Hirales (13-1-1, 8 KOs) of Ensenada and the very experience Manuel “Chango” Vargs (28-5-1, 13 KOs) of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (40-0-1, 30 KOs) will fight countryman Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) in a battle for the WBC Silver middleweight belt on December 4. The card will likely also include WBA interim super flyweight world champion Nonito Donaire against former WBA bantamweight champ Wladimir Sidorenko. Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs) has also been mentioned as a possible Chavez Jr. foe.
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