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By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
WBO #2 heavyweight David Tua (51-3-2, 43 KOs) and Monte Barrett (34-9-1, 20 KOs) boxed to a twelve round draw on Saturday night at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. The 37-year-old Tua stalked Barrett but was unable to land many clean shots. As the bout progressed, Tua began to noticably tire. Tua was deducted a point for throwing Barrett to the canvas in the twelfth round by referee Randy Neumann, then Barrett floored Tua for the first time in his career shortly before the final bell. Scores were 115-111 Tua, 113-113, 113-113.
In a stunner, journeyman lightweight Carlos Vinan (10-8-4, 1 KO) scored an eighth round TKO over IBF #4 Anthony Mezaache (18-6-3, 4 KOs). Mezaache seemed on the way to a decision, but Vinan came out with everything in the eighth and knocked down Mezaache. The fight was waved off during Vinan’s follow-up barrage. Time was :37. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) moved up to welterweight to outbox previously unbeaten Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Resort Rancho Mirage, California. Bradley was in command the entire fight as he compiled a 118-110, 117-111, 116-112 win.
Jr middleweight Alfredo Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) scored a punishing first round TKO over former WBA jr middleweight Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs). Referee Lou Moret waved it off after 2:59 with Angulo punishing a hurt Alcine on the ropes.
Lightweight contender Antonio DeMarco impressively stopped former world title challenger Daniel Attah in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout. After controlling the first round, DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KO’s) dropped Attah in the second with an overhand left hand to the head. Attah (24-6-1, 8 KO’s) got up, but DeMarco pinned Attah against the ropes, landing at will until referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stopped the bout at 2:30. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Eroll Popova
In an important WBO cruiserweight eliminator, #1 rated Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) scored an explosive second round KO over #2 rated Alexander Alexeev (19-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sport- Und Kongresshall in Schwerin, Germany. After taking the fight to Alekseev in round one, the aggressive Lebedev connected with a crushing straight left that finished Alekseev. The former Olympian and amateur world champion was extremely disoriented as he struggled to get back on his feet. Time was 2:43. Lebedev is now mandatory challenger for WBO champion Marco Huck.
The fight between WBO/WBA/WIBF flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) and Arely Mucino (11-0-1, 6 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw after the “Killer Queen” suffered a bad cut on her hairline after an unintentional head clash. Kentikian keeps her world titles. For more details and photos click here…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo by Wojtek Kubik
Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO), one of the top five heavyweights in the world, and Mateusz Masternak (20-0, 15 KO), World Boxing Council number 10 in the light heavyweight division were in attendance at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey to cheer for young 21-year-old Polish heavyweight, Adam Kownacki. Kownacki was the 2009 New York Golden Gloves Tournament winner, and was fighting in his fourth professional against Damon Clement. Kownaki added his fourth KO in the second round. Click here for more photos…
The purpose of this call is to bring you up to date to all that has happened. About two months ago, just after the Mayweather-Mosley fight, I got a call from Ross Greenburg, the president of HBO Sports, who asked me frankly whether myself and Manny Pacquiao wanted to do the fight against Floyd Mayweather and I assured him after talking to Manny that was the case. From there I have had a couple of conversations with Ross and I laid out all the terms that would be acceptable to our side and I also informed him about the concession that Manny had made about drug testing. He got back to me in a couple of weeks and told me he had discussions with Al Haymon, representing Mayweather, and that everything looked good. We were nearing a resolution. The subsequent conversations with Ross detailed to me discussions he had with Al Haymon. Nowhere were the names of Richard Schaefer or Golden Boy mentioned although I read, as you all did, Oscar’s statement that a deal was close, so I assume from that, that Haymon was keeping Golden Boy abreast of the situation. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
Italian featherweight Davide Dieli (7-1, 3 KOs) won a convincing ten-round unanimous decision over veteran warrior Massimo Morra (21-5-3, 7 KOs) last Friday at Cieloverde Village in Marina di Grosseto, Italy. With the win Dieli won the Italian title at 126 lbs. It was a heated fight, with a football-like atmosphere, until the interruption both fighters gave more than expected and went toe-to-toe without any stop with competing fans screaming to support their hero. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev has responded to the video message of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. In an interview on Russian TV, Valuev said, “Vitali, you make a decision on your own. Do you want a fight with me or not? If you want to fight against me, I’m ready. I’m not afraid of you! Just say the time and place.”
Nikolay Valuev has also given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. More to come…
Jon “Bones” Jones will attempt to continue his meteoric rise within the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division when he steps into the Octagon® to face veteran fighter Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko at UFC LIVE on VERSUS, live from the San Diego Sports Arena. “Bones” Jones defeated Brandon Vera in March to improve his record to 10-1, while Matyushenko has been victorious in his last two fights since his return to the UFC. The main event will be supplemented by riveting matchups featuring various stars such as Mark Munoz, Yushin Okami, John Howard, Jake Ellenberger, Takanori Gomi and Tyson Griffin. The fights will air live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET, marking the second time a UFC event will be televised on a national sports cable network. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
At midnight PT/3AM ET, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced that Floyd Mayweather has missed the deadline for exclusive negotiations for a showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather. Arum revealed that HBO’s Ross Greenburg had seemingly brokered a deal with Mayweather’s manager Al Haymon, but Mayweather hasn’t signed on. Arum said he will now be talking to the camps of Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito next week about fighting Manny in November, although if Mayweather comes out of hibernation before a deal is made with Cotto or Margarito, Pacquiao-Mayweather could still be made. Arum stated he believes that Floyd has a good reason for not committing to the fight, perhaps the uncertainty over the availability trainer Roger Mayweather due to legal problems.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Fernando Guerrero furthered his pursuit of middleweight stardom with a hard fought unanimous decision over veteran Ishe Smith in Friday’s ShoBox main event. Shawn Porter and Mike Dallas Jr. also took home unanimous decision victories at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss. to remain unbeaten. Coming in to tonight’s matchup, Smith (21-5, 9 KOs) was quoted as saying, “I’m going to take Guerrero into deep waters and see if he can swim.” Guerrero (19-0, 15 KOs) proved to be a buoyant battler by withstanding an eighth round flash knockdown and ten rounds of body shots from Smith. Though most of the body work was legitimate, referee Randy Phillips twice warned Smith, of Las Vegas, Nev., for repeated low blows before deducting a point in the sixth round. For more details and photos click here…
OPI 2000 European super featherweight champion Leva Kirakosyan (33-5, 23 KOs) scored a second round ko over Spanish Francisco Nohales (19-11-5, 8 KOs) last night in Toulon, France. A left hook followed by a big right hand in the second round but Nohales down for the count. The event was promoted by Punch Club Toulonnais.
By Christopher Cook
Dillet Frederick (7-3-3, 4 KOs) won a crowd pleasing battle over formerly undefeated Raymond Chalres. Frederick, who started out his career in fine fashion 5-0-2, has hit a hard streak since, but seemingly put that behind him this night. Charles, now 12-1-2, 5 KOs, came in the favorite, looking to use this bout to place himself closer in line for a title shot. A tough test turned into a showcase of Dillet’s talent and skill, as he overcame the brawler, dropping Charles twice in the second and once in the third, winning via stoppage in the third round. Frederick, who came up with the likes of contender and fellow Florida native Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, looks to set his career straight with a victory like this. On the undercard, Adam Jaco (8-3-1, 3 KOs) knocked out the overmatched Robbie Tovar (15-6-1, 5 KOs), winning by easily TKO. One Punch Productions returns on September 17 with the next installment of Ballroom Brawl at the Doubletree in Tampa, Florida.
Highly-touted Puerto Rican featherweight prospect Carlos Ivan Velasquez returned to fight in his hometown of Cataño for the first time as a pro with a fifth round TKO over Eduardo Arcos on Friday night at the Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo. Valesquez moves to 13-0 with 11 KOs, while Arcos falls to 15-2, 12 KOs.
In the co-feature, popular unbeaten bantamweight Jonathan Vidal (11-0, 7 KOs) decisioned Felix Perez (7-2) in a six rounder.
Top middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (19-0, 15 KOs) pounded out a close ten round unanimous decision over tough veteran Ishe Smith (21-5, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Guerrero scored the biggest win of his career and had to work for it every minute. Smith scored a knockdown in round eight to get back a point deducted in round six for a low blow. Scores were 96-93, 95-93, 97-91.
In a very good fight, unbeaten jr middleweight knockout artist Shawn Porter (16-0, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Ray Robinson (11-2, 4 KOs). Porter broke open a close fight by dropping Robinson in round six and punishing him for the balance of the round. Robinson was on his bicycle in the seventh as Porter stalked him. But, after that Robinson battled gamely until the end. Scores were 99-89, 97-92, 98-91.
In a clash of undefeated welterweight prospects, Mike Dallas, Jr. (15-0-1, 5 KOs) kept his ‘0’ intact with an eight round unanimous decision over Lanard Lane (12-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 78-74 on all cards.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Former two-division world champion Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KOs), moving back to the jr welterweight division for the first time since 2003, scored an impressive third round TKO over Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-5, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. A left uppercut floored Santa Cruz in the third and the fight was waved off during Judah’s vicious follow up barrage. Time was 2:33. For more details and photos click here…
Joey Abell 245 vs Arron Lyons 238
Vincente Alfaro 119.5 vs Brad Patraw 119.5
Frank Quinn 184 vs Marty Lindquist 183
Jose Hilario 128.5 vs Matthew Borgan 130
Travis Perzynski 164 vs Bobby Butters 168
Venue: Saint Paul National Guard Armory
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Robert Byrd (USA) will be the third man when WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel defends against Rafael Concepcion on Saturday night in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Judges will be Nathan Palmer (USA), Ruben Garcia (USA) and William Boodhoo (Canada). WBC supervisor is Bismarck Morales and WBO supervisor is Luis Perez.
Raymond Serrano 145 vs. Ayi Bruce 144
Bayan Jargal 138 vs. James Hope 137.5
Anthony Mezaache 136 vs. Carlos Vinan 136
Khedafi Djelkhir 126 vs. Jorge Cordero 126
Mike Perez 135 vs. Jorge Ruiz 137
Jason Escalera 173 vs. Amador Acevedo 177
Note: David Tua (237.5) and Monte Barrett (225) weighed in yesterday.
Venue: Tropicana Casino and Resort
Promoter: Star Boxing
By Karl Freitag
European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (40-4-2, 15 KOs) scored his biggest win and retained his belt against favored former WBA interim world champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (30-2-1, 14 KOs) by winning a unanimous twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Bolton Arena in Bolton, England. Hatton battled back from a first round knockdown to outwork Nuzhnenko over twelve. Scores were 117-110, 116-111, 116-111. Hatton is the younger brother of former world champion Ricky Hatton.
In the co-feature, middleweight Martin Murray (20-0, 7 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Peter Mitrevski Jr (23-7-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant Commonwealth belt. Scores were 120-109, 120-108, 120-109.
Super bantamweight Scott Quigg (20-0, 13 KOs) stopped Gavin Reid (6-7-1, 3 KOs) in his first ten-rounder.
WBA Interim Super Lightweight champion Marcos Maidana, who will make his return to the rings next August 28 in Argentina against Demarcus Chop Chop Corley, wished good luck to his fellow countryman Carlos Abregu from Argentina who will face Timothy Bradley tomorrow in California. “I wish Carlos all the best for such an important fight. He is my compatriot and I am 100% behind him. I’ll be supporting him through the TV. He is a great guy who can really punch, so Bradley could be in a big problem. I think Abregú can win by KO,” Maidana said. (more…)
Tim Bradley 147 vs Luis Carlos Abregu 146.5
Alfredo Angulo 153 vs Joachim Alcine 153.5
Eduardo Cruz 128.5 vs Ruffino Serrano 127
Antonio DeMarco 138.5 vs Daniel Attah 135
Art Hovhannesyan 137.5 vs Christian Favela 137
Joel Diaz 127 vs Rene Torrez 126
Abraham Lopez 133.5 vs Willshaun Boxley 127
Venue: Agua Caliente Spa, Resort and Casino
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Thompson Boxing
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Fernando Montiel 118 vs Rafael Concepcion 118
(WBC/WBO bantamweight championship)
Linda Sanchez 104.7 vs Ibeth Zam Ora 104.7
(WBC female strawweight title)
Osvaldo Razon 104.7 vs Vs Danny Olivo 104.7
(Fecombox strawweight title)
Michael Medina 155 vs Gilberto Flores 154
Ramon Maas 122 vs Carloz Peñaloza 123.5
Juan Katun 115 vs Paulino Villalobos 117
Michael Garcia 118 vs Antonio Galindo 120
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla, Chiapas, Mexico
Tv: Fox Sports And TV Azteca
Promotor: Top Rank, Zanfer, Gob. Del Estado Chiapas
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Less than 12 hours for Floyd Mayweather to make a decision. Pacman’s Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host an international media conference call tonight at 3AM ET / midnight PT — the deadline given to Floyd Mayweather Jr. to agree to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13.
Although maintaining silence about a potential Pacquiao fight, Mayweather hasn’t been completely out of the news. He captured his third ESPY award Wednesday for 2010 Award for Best Fighter. “The fact that the ESPY award is based on fan votes makes it a special honor for me as I have always appreciated the fans who do recognize how hard I work to be the best in the sport,” said Mayweather. He also held two Twitter scavenger hunts last week, earning $20,000 in funding for his Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation.
Tonight’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast will present a classic “ShoBox” fight card featuring ambitious young talent on the verge of greatness. To continue their rise up the rankings and contend for a world title, they first must triumph in their most critical test to date – live at 11p ET/PT on SHOWTIME®. Below is expert analyst Steve Farhood’s preview of Lanard Lane vs. Mike Dallas Jr.
On July 21, legendary trainer/manager Emanuel Steward will conduct the first of a series of clinics, which will be scheduled throughout the world. The clinic will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at Sweet Science Fitness. And with the growing demand of getting back to the basics, a second clinic is scheduled at the Fight Factory on August 4 in Tampa, Florida. At this stage of Stewards’ career he wants to share lessons learned, this clinic is for: boxers, amateur and professional, trainers, conditioning coaches, boxing fans and anyone who desires first hand knowledge. (more…)
Former world champ and living legend Yori Boy Campas (92-15-1, 74 KOs) has accepted a fight in the main event of the October 2 card in Garden City, Kansas, promoted by Robert Gonzales. Campas will go eight rounds with local middleweight Jose Gonzales (13-8-1). In the co-main, Taos-born Marcos Herrera (5-1-1), now in Denver, fights Garden City’s Herbert Acevedo (3-0) in a sixer at lightweight. Other bouts include: Victoria Cisneros (5-9-2), of Albuquerque, vs. TBA, six at 140; Albuquerque’s Vincent “Li’l Man” Mirabal (6-0) vs. Joel Vargas (2-1-1), of Topeka, Ks., four at 145; Albuquerque’s Josh “Pittbull” Torres (4-1-1) vs. Geoffrey Spruiell (8-9), of Pueblo, Colo., four at 145; Raymond “Hollywood” Montes (3-1), of Albuquerque, vs. Adam Ochoa (2-1-1), of Amarillo, Tex., four at 118; Albuquerque’s Yorden Hernandez debuts vs. Chris Russel (2-1), of Shattuck, Okla.; Albuquerque’s Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-6) takes on debuter Noel Esquedo of Wichita, Ks., four at 147; and Wichita debuter Dameon Brown fights Amarillo debuter Benjamin Vasquez in a four-rounder.
OPI 2000 prospects Antonio Moscatiello (9-0, 8 KOs) and Carel Sandon (13-0, 4 KOs) keep their unbeaten records intact last night in Civitanova Marche, Italy. Welterweight Antonio Moscatiello beat Hungarian Janos Varga (8- 3, 7 KOs) by TKO in round three while lightweight Carel Sandon beat durable Zsolt Nagy (14-15, 6 KOs) on points over eight rounds. Moscatiello is the nephew of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni while Carel Sandon is the nephew of former WBA middleweight champion Sumbu Kalambay. In the photo (from left to right) Sumbu Kalambay, Carel Sandon, Christian Cherchi of OPI 2000, Antonio Moscatiello and Giacobbe Fragomeni.
Think fighter, think James ‘Lights Out’ Toney. Although the specifics pigeonhole Toney as a professional boxer, Toney’s always been more of a fighter than anything or anyone else. While fighting peers train or learn tough, Toney just is. Some fake it, Toney does it. Fighting comes to Toney as naturally as a shoulder-roll followed by a counter right-cross and nobody, across the entire combat sports spectrum, appears at one with their sport like Toney and boxing. Some men are known as ‘The Natural’, but Toney truly is just that . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC.com
A press conference on Tuesday will officially announce an August 14 card at Santa Ana Star Center in Bernalillo, N.M., promoted by Eagle Boxing and Golden Girl Promotions. In the main event, undefeated Thaddine Swifteagle Johnson (5-0, 5 KOs), who’s been training at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas, Nev., is expected to fight for her first world title. In the co-main, between former Holly Holm opponents – well, one of ‘em a would-be opponent – Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (5-9-1) will take on Melissa Hernandez (12-2-2, 4 Kos) of Bronx, New York, in what will probably be a title fight at lightweight. Stay tuned for more info as the card develops.
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