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Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photo by Joe Cordova
Fight report/gallery: It was the mixed martial arts version of Muhammad Ali’s “rope-a-dope,” the Pittsburg Steelers “Immaculate Reception,” Kirk Gibson’s pinch hit walk-off 2-run homer and Robert Horry’s game winning 3-pointer against the Sacramento Kings. Anderson Silva had been dominated for 23 minutes by the trash talking Chael Sonnen who was walking the walk that he talked for months. Sonnen was ready to shock the world, but Silva wasn’t going to go out without a bang. Well behind on the scorecards, Silva cinched in the Hail Mary of all triangle chokes and sent the 12,971 fans at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA into a frenzy as he defended his UFC middleweight title by submitting Sonnen at 3:10 in the 5th and final round at UFC 117 . . . Click here for more
By Brian Grammer
Photos: Bob Barton
With Don King proclaiming that on this card, “every fight was a main event”, his Gateway to Greatness card Saturday night was a classic example of the younger, hungrier lions taking over the pride. 23 year old Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs), 28 year old Tavoris Cloud (21-0, 18KOs) and 28 year old Ryan Coyne (15-0, 5KOs) all beat their respective, older lions last night to win or retain their championship belts. Even 37 year old Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage (30-4-2, 18KOs) seemed like a young lion in dispatching his foe, Cory Spinks (37-6, 11KOs) with a 5th round knockout. (more…)
After spending time with promoter Don King recently in South Florida, Floyd “Money” Mayweather resurfaced with King on Saturday night at King’s card in St. Louis, sparking further speculation that he and King could be getting together. King has made it clear that he wants to promote Floyd. Mayweather isn’t talking, even spurning an interview request from HBO.
By Robert Coster
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Now fighting as a flyweight, former jr flyweight champion Edgar Sosa was impressive Saturday night at the Arena Mexico in the Mexican capital, totally dominating Venezuelan import Jose Luis Varela and scoring a 4th round TKO. A fired-up Sosa (39-6, 23 KOs) had promised a kayo to his legion of fans and he delivered: he took command from the first round and thoroughly punished the game but outclassed Varela (15-8, 7 KOs), scoring a knockdown in the third round and another in the fourth round. (more…)
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photo by Joe Cordova
Postfight presser: It was like Super Bowl XLII all over again… but not quite the same Cinderella story ending. Anderson Silva reflected the undefeated New England Patriots and Chael Sonnen represented the 10-6 New York Giants. Nobody – except a few die hard Giants fans – gave New York a shot in hell to beat what many had already called the greatest NFL team of all time. The trash-talking Sonnen did everything right for four rounds. But unlike David Tyree’s leaping catch, Sonnen dropped the ball when it counted the most . . . Click here for more
By Brian Grammer
Photos: Scott Foster
In Devon Alexander’s toughest test to date, he successfully defended his IBF and WBC junior welterweight titles in a back and forth twelve round unanimous decision. Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) pressured continually throughout the fight and effectively countered Andriy Kotelnik’s (31-4, 13 KOs) power shots. More plus photos…
WBC/IBF 140 POUND LIMIT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
DEVON ALEXANDER VS. ANDRIY KOTELNIK
(Prior to the decision announcement) “We good. I think I did enough to win. (After the decision announcement) It was an okay performance for me. I am my own toughest critic. Kotelnik is a tough fighter, an ex-world champion. Like I told everyone, I have an A, B and C plan. I have all three, so I can adjust to whatever anyone brings. Kotelnik trained hard. Give him credit. I listened to my trainer (Kevin Cunningham). He told me to box. (Leg issue) My left leg was going out on me in the final round. I had a cramp. I trained for 12 rounds and got the victory. That is what I came here to do.
(On the cut to his right eye) It was my first cut, but I fought through it like a world champion does. We knew Kotelnik would come in, in shape and he did.”
“I want the belt. I deserve it. If the fight were anywhere but here, I would be champion. I am speechless. I have no words to describe what happened. That guy has something that belongs to me.”
TRAINER STACEY MCKINLEY (to Kotelnik are the fight)
“Everyone knows the fight was closer than that. In fact, you won the fight.”
IBF LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
TAVORIS CLOUD VS. GLEN JOHNSON
“I was head butted a lot. It was a heck of a fight. I have a lot of respect for Glen. I had the most effective punches. I hurt him worse. Glen Johnson said I was off balance. It is the same thing. You got hurt because I hit you. I was looking for a shot to get him out. He’s a slick fighter, so I didn’t get the KO. I definitely want to fight Chad Dawson. I was a little rusty tonight, so I will be better next time. I am a bad man. I going to be a unified world champion and undisputed champion.”
“I made some adjustments throughout the fight. He was throwing a lot of punches, but I was blocking most of them. But the judges were counting them all. He caught me with a punch over there that I was not ready for. I was off balance and that was the only time I got caught.”
IBF JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
CORY SPINKS VS. CORNELIUS BUNDRAGE
“The referee stopped the fight, but I don’t know why. I totally disagree. He didn’t even hit me and I lost my title.”
TRAINER BUDDY MCGIRT
“Cory is a world champion and I think a world champion deserves the benefit of the doubt in that situation.”
REFEREE MARK NELSON
“Spinks had a staggered and dazed look. He shook his head (after the knockdown) as if to say, no. At the count of eight, he stepped backwards and I didn’t want his opponent to hit him again in that condition.”
“I knew I was going to get him. It was just a matter of time. I want Manny Pacquaio next. I am thankful. We have the best team in the land with Keith Lee, Emanuel Steward and Don King. I went after it. He was right there at the opening bell, so I went for it. I went right after him. It was just a matter of time.”
“It was a good fight. It could have been better. He was too anxious. He wasted a lot of energy. It has never been in this big of a fight. He is in a hot division and I am sure he will get a lot of offers.”
WBO #10 ranked welterweight Diego Chaves (15-0, 12 KOs) of Argentina defeated Jeferson Goncalo (22-9-3, 12 KOs) of Brazil to retain his WBO Latino welterweight title. The bout was fought at an intense pace from beginning to end with Chaves rocking the resilient Goncalo on several occasions. Chaves staggered Goncalo badly into the ropes with a barrage of punches in round 5 and the referee issued a standing 8 count. In the end the official judges scorecards read 120-108, 120-107, and 120-107 all in favor to Chaves. The event took place at the Club Los Indios, Moreno in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Mario Margossian promoting.
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photo by Joe Cordova
From the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. at UFC 117: Losing nearly every round against challenger Chad Sonnen, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva retained his title with a win by tapout in the fifth and final round. Controlling four of five rounds, Sonnen was on his way to victory when Silva sank in an armbar, forcing the tapout at 3:10 of the fifth.
In the co-main event, a lackluster fight, Jon Fitch defeated Thiago Alves by unanimous decision with scores of 30-37 x 3, opening the doors for a possible rematch with welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre.
In other results: Clay Guida stopped Rafael Dos Anjos at 1:51 of round three by tapout; former champ Matt Hughes won with a technical submission over Ricardo Almeida at 3:15 of round one; Junior Dos Santos won a unanimous decision over Roy Nelson, scores of 30-27 twice and 30-26; Rick Story TKO’d Dustin Hazelett at 1:15 of round two; Phil Davis won by unanimous decision over Rodney Wallace; Johnny Hendricks TKO’d Charlie Brenneman at :40 of round two; Tim Boetsch decisioned Todd Brown, scores of 29-28 x 3; Stefan Struve TKO’d Christian Morecraft at :22 of round one; and Dennis Hallman scored a unanimous decision over Ben Saunders, 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28. Stay tuned for a full report and gallery tomorrow.
Photo by Miguel Gonzalez
WBA #14 junior flyweight contender and former world champion Manuel ‘Chango’ Vargas (28-5-1, 13 KOs) won when WBC #8 Michael Arango (30-9-3, 24 KOs) could not come out for round six in a flyweight bout on Saturday night in the main event of the Tecate Boxing Tour’s stop in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The card took place in a special arena that was built outside of the Hector Espino baseball stadium.
In the co-feature, unbeaten bantamweight prospect Juan ‘Gallito’ Estrada (14-0, 12 KOs) impressively stopped former national Mexican champion Carlos Rodriguez (16-8-3, 5 KOs) in round two. Time was 2:52.
Unbeaten jr featherweight prospect Roberto Marroquin (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a TKO over Jesus Quintero (8-5-2, 4 KOs) at 1:40 of round three. Marroquin, from Dallas, trained for weeks with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California before the fight.
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Undefeated WBC/IBF junior welterweight champ Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) won a harder then expected twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-4, 13 KOs) in front of 9000+ hometown fans at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Kotelnik gave Alexander all he could handle in a brutal fight. Alexander was busier, but Kotelnik landed the cleaner shots. In the end, all three judges had it 116-112 for Alexander. After the fight Alexander said he wants Tim Bradley next.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Underdog Reynaldo Lopez (31-8-3, 22 KOs) needed just 81 seconds to destroy former WBO bantamweight champion Mauricio Martinez (35-10-1, 23 KOs) in a battle for the New York State super bantamweight title on Saturday night at the Aviator Sports Arena in Brooklyn, New York. Lopez floored Martinez three times in the abbreviated encounter, all with right hands.
Unbeaten super middleweight Lennox Allen (12-0-1, 7 KOs) and spoiler Darnell Boone (17-15-3, 7 KOs) fought to a methodical eight round draw. Scores were 78-74 Allen and 76-76 twice
Featherweight Gary Stark Jr. (23-3, 8 KOs) barely got past journeyman Leopoldo Arocha (10-13-2, 6 KOs), taking a majority decision by scores of 57-57, 58-56, 58-57. Arocha was docked a point for a low blow in round four. Click here for full report…
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Note: Floyd Mayweather Jr., rumored to be possibly working with promoter Don King, is in the house.
In a good action fight, undefeated IBF light heavyweight titleholder Tavoris Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) had to work hard to defeat former light heavyweight champ Glen Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision. The champion just a little too strong and too energetic for the 41-year-old Johnson, who gave a game effort. Scores were 116-112 on all cards.
In a shocker, Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs) became the IBF Junior Middleweight Champion in stopping Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-6, 11KOs) at 1:28 in the 5th round. The new champion battered Spinks around the ring for the majority of the contest. “K9” began the fight with constant pressure and never let off the gas in dispatching the former champ. Early in the 5th round, Spinks spun out of a corner and attempted to elude Bundrage, but slipped and and fell thru ropes to the apron. Upon resumption of the round, Bundrage moved forward and began to batter Spinks eventually knocking him down. At the count of nine, Spinks rose to his feet and when Referee Mark Nelson motioned to Spinks to follow him. The referee, not pleased with Spinks’ look, waved his arms, bringing the fight to a somewhat controversial conclusion. (more…)
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Looking like a new and improved fighter, El Paso’s Antonio Escalante handed journeyman Edel “Cuate” Ruiz one of the quickest losses of his 59-bout career. It didn’t take long for the 3,200-plus fight fans present at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center to notice the new skills learned by their hometown favorite, on last night’s Golden Boy Promotions card . . . Click here for more
After countless months of rumors and hype, Orangeville natives Logan Cotton-McGuinness (11-0-1, 5 KOs) and Buzz Grant (9-3, 4 KOs) are set to square-off in one of the most anticipated grudge matches in Ontario boxing history, Saturday, September 25 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, for the NABA lightweight title. The card, UNDISPUTED: RIVALS, is being promoted by United Promotions. Also on the card, two of Ontario ’s top prospects put their respective undefeated records on the line as Mississauga ‘s Sam “The Product” Vargas (4-0, 1 KO) will take on Orangeville’s Ryan Wagner (2-0, 1 KO). Tickets start at $25. Call 416-972-5000.
Ringside report and photos by Chris Cozzone
That was the look on Holly Holm’s face and the question on 2,800 fight fans’ lips after less than two minutes of action, last night at the Hard Rock of Albuquerque.
No telling punches had landed. There was no blood, no falls to the canvas and no fouls committed, yet something had brought Holm’s challenger, Jaime Clampitt, to her knees, then onto her back where she writhed in pain, shortly before the bell would’ve clanged to complete round one . . . Click here for more
By Bob Ryder
Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns and Brian “The Lion” Mihtar will square off in a 10 round middleweight contest on October 9 as the feature attraction across the river from Detroit at the Caesars Windsor Casino, Windsor, Canada. Hearns with a record of 25-1, 19 KO’s will bring in decided advantages in height and reach while Mihtar at 13-1, 10 KO’s will be seeking to test his taller opponent’s chin. An intriguing match-up with lots of interest for Detroit area fans of each man. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian warrior, undefeated Devis Boschiero (27-0, 12 KOs) became the new National 130 lbs champion yesterday night at the Risorgimento Central Square in Avezzano, Italy, after scoring a spectacular ninth round KO over local idol and co-challenger Ivan Fiorletta (24-7-2, 7 KOs). It was a tough and entertaining bout, both fighters gave more than expected and went toe-to-toe without any stop with screaming fans standing on their feet in a ‘Mexican battle’ atmosphere. (more…)
WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler took a brief timeout from his busy training schedule in Berlin this week to visit Germany’s top Ice Hockey team, Eisbären Berlin. The Viking Warrior will return to the ring on September 25 when he takes on Allan Green in their decisive Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 3 clash. The fight will serve as the grand opening of the state-of-the-art MCH Multiarena in Herning. Since this summer, gifted Danish ice-hockey international Mads Christensen plays for Berlin, and he showed his countryman his skills during a brief training session on the ice. Kessler returned the favour by teaching Mads some light punching combinations which “might be useful on the ice.” (more…)
Photo by Armando Angulo
Wilberth “Hurricane” Uicab (29-5-1, 18 KOs) retained his NABF flyweight title when William de Sousa (15-13-1, 13 KOs) didn’t come out for round three on Friday night at the Gimnasio Sport City in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Official time was :10 of round three. Uicab was in command from the beginning and landed some heavy blows in round two. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Chris Martin upset promising bantamweight Chris Avalos in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. In the co-feature, Lateef Kayode knocked out Alfredo Escalera, Jr. to remain undefeated at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn.
Usually going by the nickname of “The San Diego Kid,” Martin changed his moniker to “Marvelous” for this fight against Chris “The Hitman” Avalos to symbolize his belief that he’d defeat Avalos, much like “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler defeated Tommy “Hitman” Hearns in 1985. Although Avalos-Martin didn’t play out quite as brutally as Hagler-Hearns, Martin (19-0-2), of San Diego, Calif., proved to be the better fighter for much of their 10-round distance bout. The split decision was scored 98-92 and 97-93 for Martin and 98-94 for Avalos, though the fans and telecast announcers were audibly surprised that Avalos won the card of judge John Mariano of Hugo, Minn. (more…)
Mauricio Martinez 121.5 vs Reynaldo Lopez 122
(New York State super bantamweight title)
Gary Stark Jr. 126 vs Leopoldo Arocha 127
Lennox Allen 167 vs Darnell Boone 164.5
Joe Smith Jr. 172.5 vs Eddie Caminero 172
Joselito Collado 128 vs Andres Ledesma 129
Mike Ruiz 147.5 vs Noel Garcia 145.5
Andy Mejias 167 vs Juan Zapata 166.5
Promoter: Havoc Boxing Promotions
Venue: Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, NY
First Bell: 7PM
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a clash of unbeaten bantamweights, “The San Diego Kid” Chris Martin (19-0-2, 5 KOs) surprised world-ranked Chris Avalos (16-1, 13 KOs), taking a ten round split decision on Friday night at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota. Martin simply outboxed the bigger punching Avalos, compiling a 98-92, 97-93 advantage on two cards. The other card was bizarrely 98-94 for Avalos.
Undefeated Freddie Roach-trained cruiserweight Lateef “Power” Kayode (13-0, 12 KOs) scored his 12th consecutive knockout against Alfredo Escalera, Jr. (18-3-1, 12 KOs), the son and namesake of the former world champion. Kayode dominated the fight and got the stoppage after dropping Escalera at the end of round eight. The bout was officially stopped at :01 of round nine.
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
From the Hard Rock of Albuquerque: In the shortest fight of her career, Holly Holm (28-1-3, 8 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Jaime Clampitt (21-4-1, 7 KOs), of Canada/Rhode Island. After a somewhat tentative round, Clampitt suddenly sunk to her knees and rolled onto her back at the 10-second warning bell, clutching her right shoulder. Unable Clampitt unable to continue, due to dislocated shoulder, Holm picked up the TKO win, since there was no foul committed. (more…)
Photos: John Booz
Welterweight Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Harrison Cuello (19-13-3, 14 KOs) at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Prescott, best known for his spectacular first round knockout of current world champion Amir Khan in 2008, scored a knockdown in round nine and went on to a 98-91, 99-90, 99-90 win.
Comebacking Chicago heavyweight Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) could only manage an eight round majority draw against Gary Gomez (18-11-2, 7 KOs). Scores were 77-75 Mollo and 76-76 twice. The draw snapped Gomez’ four fight losing streak. (more…)
Fresh off of a February victory over Miguel “Mickey” Roman that has garnered 2010 Fight of the Year buzz, WBA/WBO #2 ranked Antonio Escalante (23-2, 15 KOs) scored a third round KO over Edel “Cuate” Ruiz (31-23-5, 20 KOs) on Friday night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. A body shot finished Ruiz at the 1:52 mark. (more…)
By Jim Jenkins (Sacramento Bee)
Super bantamweight Michael Franco, a hot prospect out of Riverside, Calif., continues to train at a feverish pace in anticipation of his extending his unbeaten record in a featured eight-rounder Aug. 20 at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz. The 23-year-old Franco (16-0, 11 KOs), who has put away his last three opponents and has four stoppages of two rounds or less, will be facing veteran Adolfo Landeros (20-14-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico on the Telefutura telecast. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME (Harris-Aguilera)
Jesse Kelley (Other bouts)
Comebacking heavyweight Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris (24-14-2, 10 KOs) upset IBF #15 rated Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KOs), taking a twelve round unanimous decision during a non televised bout. Aguilera was the aggressor early on and continued to seek a knockout blow for much of the twelve rounds, but Harris was able to keep Aguilera at bay behind a solid jab as he outboxed him down the stretch to claim a 117-111, 117-111, 115-113 win and the vacant USBA title. It was Harris’ biggest win since winning the 2002 Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament. For more results and photos click here…
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