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Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
More than 12,000 fight fans braved the threatening dark skies in Tijuana, to welcome back their favorite son Erik “Terrible” Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) as he defended his WBC Silver light welterweight title against late sub Francisco Lorenzo (35-9, 16 KOs) of Irvington, New Jersey by way of the Dominican Republic, in the 12-round main event of “Rumbo al Cuarto Titulo (Road to the Fourth Title)” presented by Pro3 Boxing and Morales’ own Box Latino.
Broadcast by Televisa in Mexico, the night marked the first time in ten years that Morales had stepped into a ring in his hometown. In his last fight on his native soil back in 2000, Morales stopped Rodney Jones in the first round only a mere blocks east of the open air Caliente Stadium where Saturday night’s festivities took place . . . click here for more
Hot lightweight prospect from Puerto Rico, Jorge Maysonet Jr. (1-0, 1 KO), won his first professional fight with a devastating KO to Samuel Hernández (0-3), at the 19 second mark of the first round last night in Morovis, Puerto Rico. Maysonet was a member of Puerto Rico’s national amateur boxing team. He is showing signs to have inherited the raw punching power of his father, Jorge Maysonet Sr. (22-11, 22 KOs), who in the 1980s made a solid championship run that culminated with a defeat to Simon Brown in 1989 for the IBF welterweight title.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #7 bantamweight Thantong Kiattaweesuk (21-0, 14 KOs) outscored Nick Otieno (21-5, 9 KOs) of Kenya over twelve rounds at Jomburg, Ratchaburi, Thailand on Friday. Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 119-109. This was a good win for Kiataweesuk as the Kenyan boxer had been in the ring with well credentialed opponents including a twelve round decision loss to Russian Alexander Bakhtin in 2010. (more…)
Emanuele Della Rosa (25-1, 7 KOs) won the vacant WBC International super welterweight title against Nefzi Ayoub (16-1-1, 3 KOs) by tecnical decision in round eight last Friday night in Rome Italy. On the undercard middleweight contender Domenico Spada (32-3, 16 KOs) stopped Ruslans Pojonisevs in two rounds, undefeated middleweight Emanuele Blandamura (13-0, 3 KOs) decisioned Pavel Lotahs, cruiserweight Andrea Moretti won by TKO in round four against Attila Makula and lightweight Sonia Mirabelli won by TKO in round one against Ines Celik. Italian company OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with RAI SPORT 1 televisived the main event live.
By Robert Coster
Up-and-coming WBA #9, WBO #13 Nicholas” The Axman” Walters (17-0, 14 KOs) retained his WBA Fedelatin featherweight title last night in Colon, Panama with an impressive ninth round stoppage of former title contender Gonzalo Munguia (17-8, 7 KOs) of Nicaragua. The young Panama-based Jamaican took control of the fight from the get-go and overwhelmed his game opponent round after round, putting together combinations to the body and the head. Munguia bravely tried to fight back but could not match Walters’ speed and constant pressure. Walters battered Munguia in the eighth round and the Nicaragua boxer barely made the bell. Munguia’s cornermen wisely opted not to let their man come out for the ninth stanza. It was just the second time in his career that Munguia was stopped. Walters’ manager Jacques Deschamps announced after the fight that Nicholas will likely be fighting in his homeland of Jamaica for the first time in a card scheduled in March against “a world class opponent.”
Photos: Photo Wende
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) made a fifth successful title defense in Berlin on Saturday night when he clinched a split decision victory over mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs). After 12 brutal and bruising rounds, Huck was ahead 115-113 on two cards, while the third judge ruled it 116-112 in favor of the previously unbeaten Russian. “It was a tough fight, Lebedev was a very, very strong opponent,” Huck said. “I cracked my rib in the fourth round and whenever I threw a punch in the following it hurt like being stuck with a knife. But I hung in there and showed my big heart. I did not give up and kept fighting. That is what being a champion is all about.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Phumzile Matyhila retained his South African bantamweight title with a clear cut 12 round points decision over Ntobeko Duma at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. The 35-year-old Matyhila (17-1-2, 8 KOs) from Mdantsane who fights out of the Nick Durandt gym in Johannesburg was in scintillating form as he used his height and reach advantage to pile up the points with his educated left jab. There was very little in it for the first three rounds as Duma from the Eastern Cape who has a reported record of (3-11-1, 1 KO), but has been in with some of the best fighters in his division held his own with the champion. However, it was the all round skills and boxing ability of Matyhila that prevailed as he won by wide margins on all three judges scorecards.
Sizwe Sinyabi who was scheduled to make the first defence South African junior flyweight title on the same bill lost out when his opponent Monwabisi Gundwana from Port Elizabeth failed to turn up for the weigh-in on Friday.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like hot Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be fighting WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko on March 5 with potential sites places being Las Vegas, Los Angeles or a city in Texas. Other sources indicate that the details aren’t finalized, and if the fight isn’t ultimately made there is the option Euro champ Matthew Hatton. “Canelo” has confirmed the March 5 date.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer: “It’s really a shame, it’s a shame for Canada, it’s a shame for boxing to have a decision like that. We had Canadian people, Canadian fans come up to us and tell us he (Hopkins) won. That is what is wrong with boxing. He sure didn’t lose, I think if you think that, you don’t know what boxing means. Look at the scorecards; it happens all the time up here, that is what is wrong with boxing. It’s a disgrace. We are going to file a protest. The WBC will order an immediate rematch and we will see what other legal remedies we have because this is wrong. This is wrong. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Bernard Hopkins: “I’m going to stand up because my legs are fresh. I’m a fifteen round fighter, but they don’t have that no more, it was abandoned 15-20 years ago. People asked before I came up to Canada, ‘Bernard, are you worried about the judges?’ I said no because I believe when you put on a show, no matter what I think, the world and the fans will see what they see. It doesn’t matter whether you’re from Canada, but there comes a time, no matter who you are, where you have to say that Bernard fought a hell of a fight and he believe’s he won. It’s alright to say that. It’s no crime speaking your mind. Your counterparts might not like it, but it’s okay. There’s one thing about TV. People from around the world, when they see what they see, it is what it is. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
45-year-old two-division champ Bernard Hopkins dominated the scorecards over the second half of his fight against WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal on Saturday night in Quebec City, but two early knockdowns proved to be too much to overcome on the scorecards of judges Claude Paquette (113-113) and Daniel Van de Wiele (114-114). Steve Morrow scored the contest 114-112 for Hopkins. Click here to see the sctual master scoresheet close up…
By Felipe Leon at ringside
In a much closer fight than it should have been, hometown legend Erik “Terrible” Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) won a unanimous decision to defend his WBC Silver light welterweight title over late sub Francisco Lorenzo (35-9, 16KOs) of the Dominican Republic on Saturday night at the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Lorenzo pressured the taller Morales throughout the fight despite Morales landing the harder punches. Morales dropped Lorenzo in the fifth round with a grazing right hand but the Dominican was never hurt. The contest had its bursts of fireworks as both veterans were not afraid to exchange heavy leather, especially towards the later rounds when the fight seemed up for grabs. Scores were Raul Caiz Sr. 116-111, Raul Caiz Jr. 114-113, Zach Young 115-112.
With the win, Morales eyes an early 2011 match up against WBA and WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez in search for his fourth world title in as many divisions. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photo: Tim Snow – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs) retained his belt with a twelve round majority draw against Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 16,500 at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Canada. After hitting the canvas in three of the first four rounds, one of which was ruled a slip, seemingly ageless Bernard Hopkins came storming back, able to capture a 114-112, 113-113, 114-114 majority draw by dominating the second half of the fight.
“He looked like he was tired from the 5th round to the 12th,” said Hopkins in a highly charged press conference afterwards. (more…)
Thirty-nine year old IBF light flyweight champion Luis Alberto Lazarte (48-9-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina retained his title against former IBF light flyweight champion Ulises Solis (32-2-2, 21 KOs) of Mexico with bout being scored a majority draw. The official judges scorecards read 113-113 twice and 117-109 for Solis. The bout took place at the Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina where Lazarte was born and raised. Osvaldo Rivero promoted the event. The bout was a very sloppy affair where many of the rounds were very hard to score. Lazarte was deducted points in rounds four and ten for hitting Solis behind the head.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former world champion Jorge Arce (56-6-2, 43 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Adolfo Ramos (16-11-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio 20 de Noviembre in Campeche, Mexico. Arce floored Ramos early with a right to the head and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:06. Arce is now looking for a shot at WBO super bantamweight champ Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in 2011.
WBO light flyweight interim champion Ramon Garcia (15-1-1, 8 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Omar Soto (15-7-1, 6 KOs). Garcia scored knockdowns in rounds four and ten en route to a 120-106, 119-107, 118-108. Click here for more, plus photos…
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBC flyweight challenger Xiong Zhao Zhong (15-3-1, 10 KOs) scored impressive fourth round knockout over Pongpan Patanakan Gym (8-5-1, 7 KOs) to capture the vacant IBF Pan Pacific jr flyweight title at the Kunming City Stadium in Kunming, China on Saturday. Zhong attacked his opponent from round one and in round two a left hook dropped the Thai boxer who gamely lasted until the bell sounded. In round four, a perfectly delivered right hand to the jaw dropped Patanakan Gym and referee Bruce McTavish crowned Zhong as the Thai was out cold. Time :23. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten super featherweight prospect Luis Valero (3-0, 3 KOs) won by knockout at 39 seconds of the first round against Roger Samudio in a fight held Saturday night at the Hotel Melia Panama Canal in Colon City, Panama. Valero now has three straight first round KOs since launching his career in September. His brother, former world champion Edwin Valero, opened his career with 18 consecutive first round KOs.
By Karl Freitag
In an intense and brutal fight between big hitters, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) retained his world title by twelve round split decision against dangerous and previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin. The fight started at a brisk pace with both fighters landing big shots. Huck landed several huge right hands in round two against his southpaw challenger. Lebedev applied heavy pressure, but Huck continued to land the cleaner shots in the third. Further relentless attack from Lebedev as the bout progressed with Huck continuing to find a home for the right hand. Lebedev was cut over the left eye by a punch in round nine. Huck landed a series of clean rights in the tenth round. Lebedev came on strong in round eleven and round twelve was close. Scores were 115-113, 115-113 for Huck, 116-112 for Lebedev. It was Huck’s fifth successful defense.
Unbeaten heavyweight and Olympic gold medalist Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Nicolai Firtha (19-8-1, 8 KOs). Povetkin pressed the action the entire fight and was a clear winner, but Firtha was competitive until the end. Scores were 98-92, 100-90, 99-91. After the fight, Povetkin said he suffered a possible broken right hand in round one.
In a WBA cruiserweight eliminator, Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) scored a first round KO over Ali Ismailov (18-4-1, 13 KOs). Hernandez hit Ismailov with a right to the chin and Ismailov retreated and fell though the ropes where he was counted out. Time was 2:23.
Heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (10-0, 5 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over former Euro champion Paolo Vidoz (26-10, 15 KOs). Scores 80-72 on all cards.
Heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (21-1, 13 KOs) needed just 70 seconds to stop Mike Middleton (13-20-1, 5 KOs). A left hook to the body laid out Middleton. Nice comeback for Pianeta who returned to the ring after beating cancer.
Light heavyweight Dustin Dirks (18-0, 12 KOs) outpointed Alpay Kobal (7-10-2, 5 KOs) over eight. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 80-71.
Light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (4-0, 2 KOs) scored two first round knockdowns and got a TKO stoppage between rounds when Mile Nikolic (4-9, 2 KOs) could not continue due a cut.
Dolphil Promotions has announced that a deal has been struck between both Guillermo Rigondeux’s manager Gary Hyde, Top Rank Promotions and Dolphil Promotions for a proposed world title fight between EBU Champion Willie Casey and WBA interim super bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. The fight is scheduled for March 2011 and is likely to be held in Dublin, Ireland. “The deal is in place, Ireland can now prepare itself for one of the greatest fights ever held over here. You have a two-time Olympic gold medalist and WBA world champion against Ireland’s ‘Cinderella Man’- a man who has beaten all the odds to get to where he is now. We are delighted that it’s going ahead and also that it will be held here in Ireland,” said promoter Daniel Halpin.
Ringside report by Felipe Leon
Photos by Paul Gallegos
Golden Boy Promotions and Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” returned to “America’s Finest City,” San Diego, in association with Don Chargin Promotions and Jorge Marron Productions, for the fourth time this year to present their weekly boxing series on Friday night from the Four Points Sheraton.
In the main event, unbeaten featherweight Ronny Rios (13-0, 6 KOs) remained as such when he earned a workman-like unanimous decision over the opponent du jour in San Diego, Adolfo “Terror” Landeros (20-17-1, 9 KOs) in eight rounds . . . Click here for more
Photos by John Booz
Middleweight Osumanu Adama (18-2, 14 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over local favorite Angel “Toro” Hernandez (30-9, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant IBO International title on Friday night at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago. Adama, a 2000 Ghana Olympian, won by near shutout scores of 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109.
In the co-feature, junior middleweight “King” David Estrada (25-6, 16 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Franklin Gonzalez (13-7, 9 KOs). Gonzalez was on the deck twice before the bout was waved off at the 1:05 mark.
In a special attraction USBO cruiserweight title bout, heavy handed Carl “Iron Fist” Davis (15-3, 11 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion “King” Arthur Williams (47-6-1, 30 KOs) by scores of 97-93, 96-93, 96-93. Davis had a 10-8 round in the fifth stanza when Williams was given a standing eight-count. (more…)
Matt Vanda 163.5 vs. Phil Williams 164.5
Anthony Bonsante 167 vs. Bobby Kliewer 165.5
Brad Patraw 117.5 vs. Antwan Robertson 116.5
Tony Lee 136.5 vs. David Laque 133
Donny Tierney 153.5 vs. Bobby Butters Jr. 154
Jonathan Perez 118.5 vs. Randy Ronchi 119
Jamal James 145 vs. Ryan Gronvold 147
John Jackson 131 vs. Willshaun Boxley 132
Venue: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: Midwest Sports Council / RDS Company
By Ron Jackson
South African junior featherweight champion Xolise Macbute Sinyabi was in outstanding form when he retained his title with a seventh stoppage win over Pfariso Neluvhelani at the Gompo Hall in Duncan Village near East London on Friday night. Sinyabi (15-1, 15 KOs) who fights out of the Nick Durandt stable was more controlled than in recent fights as he dominated from the first round against the number six rated Neluvheleni (4-4-1, 1 KO) from the Limpopo province who never troubled the champion. Sinyabi who was making his fifth defence scored with punishing lefts and rights to the head and body throughout before the referee stepped in to call the fight off in the seventh round.
On the undercard former WBF flyweight champion Zolani Tete (14-1, 12 KOs) who fights from the southpaw stance destroyed Sipho Nkadimeng (4-8-3, 1 KO) from Mamelodi who was counted out at 2 minutes 20 seconds of the first round of a bantamweight contest.
Below are ring quotes from DKP’s big world championship card on Friday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
Odlanier Solis: “I wanted to make Austin suffer for the things he said at the press conferences leading up to the fight. I didn’t like it when he said that when he was done with me, they were going to send me back to Cuba. Now I sent him back to Cleveland where all they have are cows…..I wasn’t tired at all. It was my strategy to fight the way I did tonight. What’s the worst thing that could have happened? I could have knocked him out or made him look ridiculous, which I did.”
At the post-fight press conference: “I don’t think I’m fat. What I would like to do is slap around some of the newspaper writers that say I’m fat.”
Ray Austin: “Solis will beat Vitali Klitschko. He’s accurate and has a good defense. He rests and recovers well, too. The only downside I see might be his chin…..He showed a lot. I see him being the next WBC heavyweight champion. He’s good.”
Tavoris Cloud: “I got hit with a headbutt in the second round that caused a cut over my left eye, but Zuniga was a tough guy. I knew I had better skills but he came into this fight in good shape…..I only give my performance a “B” tonight. I will tell you I took this man seriously because I knew he would come to fight…..I want the winner of Pascal-Hopkins tomorrow night, or Chad Dawson if he ever decides he wants to fight me.”
Fulgencio Zuniga: “Both times I went down were from headbutts. I thought I did enough to win…..Cloud was a strong guy, a champion and a hard puncher. But I was still proud of my performance.”
Ricardo Mayorga: “I showed tonight that I can still fight. [Michael] Walker thought he had something for me, but the outcome was never in doubt. El Matador is back.”
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: David Martin Warr
In a bizarre finish to tonight’s WBC heavyweight eliminator, Ray “The Rainman “ Austin (28-5-4, 18 KO’s) suffered a disqualification loss to Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (17-0,12 KO’s). Solis dominated the action with superior handspeed, defense and combination punches. Although Austin held height and weight advantages, Solis had him moving backwards for most of the fight. Austin’s jab slowed down to a mere push in the later rounds as Solis’ energy seemed to increase. The tenth round saw Solis land a solid one-two that stunned Austin followed by a blistering 4 punch combination to put the “Rainman” on wobbly legs. Austin ate another right hand that caused him to clinch Solis into the ropes. That’s when things got weird. Austin pushed Solis into the ring ropes at the bell and the two men almost toppled over only to get pushed back up by promoter Ahmet Oner and referee Tellis Assimenios. When the two fighters finally righted themselves, Austin threw an ill-advised punch that connected. That was enough for referee Tommy Kimmons who he immediately disqualified Austin. The win means Solis will face WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko next year for the title.
Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (22-0, 18 KO’s) retained his IBF light heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision victory over rugged Colombian challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (24-5-1, 21 KO’s). Cloud dictated the pace with double jabs followed by thunderous right crosses and left hooks to pile up the points from the opening round. However Zuniga would not go away as he scored with left uppercuts and displayed a decent jab of his own. Cloud knocked Zuniga to the canvas with a left hand as he appeared to lose his footing. Referee Tellis Assimenios administered a standing eight count to the Colombian slugger. Judges scores were 117-108, 118-108 and 116-109 for the undefeated light heavyweight from Tallahassee who now looks to find bigger fights against the other big names in the division.
Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KO’s) unleashed furious shots soaked with malicious intent to score a 9th round TKO victory over Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-6-2, 12 KO’s). Mayorga landed left hooks in the corner to start the ninth and force Walker to take a knee. He kept punching however and suffered a 2-point deduction from referee Tommy Kimmons. It wasn’t enough to deter “El Matador” as he obviously had a knockout on his mind and saw it to fruition at 1:09 of the same round. (more…)
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