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Last Friday in Fuscaldo, Italy OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) staged a show with five fights. In the main event former WBA light heavyweight champion Silvio Branco (60-10-2, 37 KOs) won the vacant WBC International cruiserweight title against Laszlo Hubert (24-6, 15 KOs) by TKO in round 4. It was the debut for Silvio Branco in the cruiserweight division.
Also, WBC #2 middleweight Domenico Spada (30-2, 15 KOs) won by TKO in round one against Norbert Nagy (7-3, 5 KOs). Next for Spada is a rematch for the WBC interim middleweight title against Sebastian Zbik. (more…)
“I’ve never had a fight that I was 100 percent at in Las Vegas . . . .”
That, says Nonito Donaire, will change on February 13.
In what will be his fourth appearance in Las Vegas, Donaire, 22-1, 14 KOs, will defend the interim version of the WBA’s super flyweight championship against Mexico City contender Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero, 34-8, 26 KOs, in the main event of a Top Rank Pay-Per-View card from the Las Vegas Hilton . . . Click here for more
If there’s one fight Mexican contender Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero has studied, in preparation for his Saturday showdown with Nonito Donaire, it’s the “Filipino Flash’s” 2007 upset over then-reigning champ Vic Darchinyan . . . Click here for more
In front of nearly 8,000 mainly hostile fight fans, lightweight king Edwin “Inca” Valero (27-0, 27 KOs) of Merida, Venezuela, kept his WBC lightweight crown, as well as his KO streak, intact as he stopped former interim WBC champ Antonio “Tony” DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico in a much-anticipated 12-round championship fight . . . Click here for more
By Craig Watt
Australian WBO interim lightweight champion Michael “The Great” Katsidis (26-2, 21 KO’s) today contacted Fightnews and issued a challenge to popular American Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KO’s). The two exciting fighters met in September 2008 in Houston, Texas when the American, known as “Baby Bull” won a split decision over twelve rounds. The 29 year old Katsidis is growing increasingly frustrated at the failure of full WBO 135 pound champion Juan Manuel Marquez to ink a fight mandated by the WBO and now is chasing a match with Diaz who is ranked WBO #7, WBA #2 and IBF #4 at jr welterweight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Chicago referee Pete Podgorski who has worked in fifty world title bouts around the world and has a solid background in boxing, along with brothers and sons, having held several amateur titles and also boxing as a professional. Pete talks to Fightnews and tells of his family’s proud boxing history and also how he feels that boxing officiating is continually improving because of boxing commissions and seminars that improve the skills of officials. (more…)
Don King Productions stablemates Carlos Molina (17-4-1, 5 KOs) and Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (17-0, 13 KOs) will face off March 6th for the IBF Latino junior middleweight title. The bout will be on the undercard of the Devon Alexander-Juan Urango 140 pound unification main event. Site of the card will be the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight contender Freddy Hernandez admitted he has had difficulties facing southpaw fighters throughout his career. Friday night was no different for Hernandez, who had difficulties in the openings rounds against former world champion DeMarcus Corley. That did not stop an undeterred Hernandez from moving in and eventually landing the equalizing punch that ended the fight. Hernandez scored the biggest victory of his career, knocking out Corley in the fifth round of a scheduled 10 round fight before a sold-out crowd of 1,400 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
World-class professional boxing made it’s highly anticipated comeback to the Russian capital on Saturday, Feb. 6, during a huge show, which was promoted by Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab at Aquarium Hotel sports arena on the second floor of the giant Crocus Expo exhibition center on the outskirts of Moscow. Kirill Pchelnikov (Pushka Promotions) and German Titov (German Titov Promotions) aided in compiling the exact schedule of the tournament, which unfortunately was marred with several disappointing organizational blunders. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
Six men are sitting around a long, gray table with a handful of microphones, dictaphones and notepads in the midst of cameramen, reporters and entrepreneurs. Four of them are wearing tracksuits, and only two are robed in high-priced classic jackets. The presser to announce an upcoming boxing show in Izhevsk, Russia, is right under way, and one can hardly believe that a shy, soft-spoken, tiny man sporting such a jacket is a boxer. Indeed, he is. Maybe one of the best this country has to offer. Highly regarded bantamweight contender Alexander Bakhtin (24-0, 11 KOs) chose an unusual path for a young Russian fighter to follow. (more…)
By Marcus Lammi (at ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
On Saturday night at Rewell Center Amarillo in Vaasa, Finland, Petro Koskimies with his quickly developing and rising Finnish professional boxing stable Caramelito Promotions presented a very entertaining and dramatic show, which was co-promoted with St. Petersburg’s Jab Promotions, led by Vitaly Supichenko and Alexander Yagupov. In a scheduled twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO European and interim PABA welterweight titles Russia-based Tajik Sherali “The Lion” Mamadaliev (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Frenchman Frederic Serre (10-5, 2 KOs) in round six of a bout that really set the audience on fire. (more…)
Octagonside by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Josh Hedges, UFC
In a battle of two living legends, Randy “The Natural” Couture defeated Mark “The Hammer” Coleman by rear naked choke at 1:09 in the second round. The bout was 12 years in the making, as the pair were originally slated to meet at UFC 17 before Couture was forced off the card with an injury. Back then, Coleman would’ve certainly been the favorite . . . Click here for more
Postfight reports by Anthony Springer, Jr.
50 bout veteran Guillard now “1-0″: With more than fifty fights to his name, Melvin Guillard announced to the world that none of his previous accomplishments matter anymore . . . Click here for more
Sonnen makes his mark on Marquardt: If you asked the average MMA fan about Chael Sonnen six months ago, the response would’ve likely been “Who?” . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten junior middleweight Alexander Abraham (25-0-1, 17 KOs), the younger brother of boxing superstar Arthur Abraham, has retired from the ring. According to trainer Ulli Wegner, an unexplained dizziness prompted the 28-year-old prospect to hand up his gloves. Meanwhile Arthur Abraham is headed to the United States to face Andre Dirrell in SHOWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six tournament on March 6 in Palm Springs, CA.
By Joe Koizumi
21-year-old Japanese Daiki Kameda (16-2, 11 KOs), 112, captured the WBA flyweight belt as he was awarded a unanimous decision over defending titlist Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-2-1, 20 KOs), Thailand, over twelve lousy rounds in Kobe, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) and Glenn Feldman (US) both 116-110 and Pascuale Procopio (Canada) 114-112, all for the Japanese challenger. The referee was Lahcen Oumghar (Holland). It was a farce rather than a fight. Kameda slipped down on five occasions, while Denkaosen was penalized twice because of his repeated clinches in the sixth and eleventh. It was one of the very least technical bouts with world championships at stake held here in Japan. We, however, will have to evaluate and celebrate Kameda brothers having conquered the WBA and the WBC belts in the same 112-pound category in 69 days since his elder brother Koki, 23, dethroned WBC ruler Daisuke Naito in Saitama on November 30. Daiki and Koki finally followed the footsteps of Klitschko brothers having dominated the same heavyweight thrones at the same era. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Busy-punching and fast-moving Tsunami Tenkai (14-3, 4 KOs), 114, very impressively kept her WBA female super-flyweight belt as she swept all rounds with a beautiful display of speed, skills and power in scoring a nearly shutout decision (100-90 twice and 99-91) over game and durable British challenger Shanee Martin (9-5-1, 5 KOs), also 114, over ten fast rounds on Sunday in Kobe, Japan. The referee was Firlin Marsh of New Zealand. Tenkai, a cute 25-year-old Japanese champ, simply stunned the audience who hadn’t seen so many female boxing bouts by showing her excellent form, reflexes, quickness, skills and stamina. Even this reporter previously thought that Tenkai was only a non-stop warrior, but she completely changed her image tonight so that our people realized that we might be proud of Tenkai being the most outstanding female boxer. (more…)
In a sterling performance, Edwin Valero of Venezuela improved to 27-0 with 27 knockouts and retained the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title with a dominant ninth-round TKO over WBC interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex., Saturday in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME®. The event at Arena Monterrey, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, was the first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast to emanate from Mexico in nearly 12 years and the first in Monterrey in more than 15.
Valero showed he was anything but one-dimensional as he outfought and, somewhat shockingly, outboxed the tentative and outclassed DeMarco while controlling all the rounds in a one-sided battle of southpaws. (more…)
Super featherweight Jorge “Coloradito” Solis (38-2-2, 28 KOs) claimed the WBA interim world title with a seventh round KO over reigning champion Likar Ramos (21-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night in Mérida, Yucatán. Solis recovered from a third round knockdown to floor Ramos in the sixth and finish him with a body shot just as the bell rang to end the seventh. Time was 2:59. With the win, “Coloradito” Solis joins Ulises “Archi” Solis in the exclusive club of world champion Mexican brothers. Click here for more photos
Octagonside by Anthony Springer, Jr.
In a battle of legends, Randy Couture choked out Mark Coleman with a second round rear-naked choke hold at UFC 109 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Couture outboxed Coleman in the first, landing uppercuts. After unleashing a ground-and-pound attack on Coleman, Couture took his back, securing a rear naked chokehold at 1:09 of the second.
In the co-main, Chael Sonnen defeated Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision, with scores of 30-27 x 3. On the undercard: Paulo Thiago defeated Mike Swick by submission, at 1:54 of round two; Demian Maia won a decision over Dan Miller, scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice; and Matt Serra won by knockout at 2:23 of the first over Frank Trigg. Stay tuned for a full report tomorrow.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (27-0, 27 KOs) put on a brilliant display of boxing as he dominated interim champion Antonio DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Valero was cut under the right eye in round one and suffered a nasty gash on the forehead in round two from an elbow, which cost DeMarco a point. Valero, however, remained the aggressor as he both outpunched and outboxed DeMarco in virtually every round. After eight rounds, the scoring was 79-72 for Valero on all three cards. DeMarco trainer Romulo Quirarte finally stopped the one-sided beating after Valero dominated round nine. Impressive defense for Valero as he overcame adversity to win in front of a worldwide audience that included SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING viewers.
In a good action fight, unbeaten welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez (24-4-1, 14 KOs). Abregu was dropped by a left hook in round two, but got up to floor Gutierrez in round three. Abregu was cut over the left eye by a punch in round seven but coasted to a 98-90, 97-91, 97-91 win. (more…)
By John Cannon at ringside
Unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 16 KOs) crushed Jorge Luis Teron (23-2-1, 15 KOs) in three one-sided rounds. Rios cut Teron under his left eye in the first round as he threw a series of power punches to the head. Round two was pretty similar as the first one as Rios was pulverizing Teron with thunderous shots to the head. Rios put Teron into the ropes in the third round as he smelled the kill, but Teron was saved after his mouthpiece fell out the referee put a halt into the action. However, Rios didn’t let up and the referee finally stopped the fight at the 1:13 mark of the third round. Winner by TKO Brandon Rios. Rios becomes the new NABF lightweight champion. “This is my greatest win,” said Rios. “I worked so hard and was so dedicated in the gym. I hurt Teron right away. I wasn’t going to let up. I kept the pressure on. What a win!” Trainer Robert Garcia added, “…when you face a big tree like Teron you begin chopping right away. Brandon beat a top, quality fighter. We went right to the attack and Brandon did it.” Click Here for More Photos
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) continued his excursion in the heavyweight ranks with a hard fought twelve round decision over Olympian Jason Estrada (16-3, 4 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 10,123 predominantly Adamek fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, and an off-base 118-110 as Adamek kept his IBF International belt. “I was prepared for 12 rounds, and pretty early in the fight I realized this is what would happen. So I had to conserve more energy, maybe be less aggressive than in my previous fights,” said Adamek afterward. Click here for more quotes and photos, plus other results
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#11/WBA#13 Japanese super-feather champ Takashi Miura (18-1-2, 14 KOs), 130, successfully kept his national belt by a shockingly split verdict (96-93, 96-94 and 94-96) over previously unbeaten top contender Seiichi Okada (10-1, 6 KOs), 129.75, over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
It greatly stunned the crowd that a judge favored Okada despite such a unanimous-looking contest probably due to his partial preoccupation. The hard-hitting champ took the initiative from the start with his busy, solid and accurate lefts to the face and the midsection, and maintained his pace almost all the way. Miura, who had dethroned another hard-punching southpaw Yoshimitsu Yashiro via TKO victory in a rematch (after a debatable draw), looked sharp and speedy enough to overwhelm game and durable Okada, steadily piling up points. Miura kept battering him up with effective lefts and southpaw right hooks, but Okada occasionally retaliated with a solid body shot at a time, which the judge might have wrongly evaluated too much. (more…)
Interview by David L. Hudson, Jr.
Tim “the Thrashing Machine” Hague already has seen the highs and lows of the wild ride of the Octagon in his short UFC career. In his first bout in May 2009, Hague submitted the highly touted Pat Barry in the first round at UFC 98. It was an impressive victory for the Canadian battler who had plied his trade in smaller King of the Cage Canada cards. However, he also experienced a low point when he lost in a highlight-reel, seven-second knockout to the powerful Todd Duffee at UFC 102 in August . . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Middleweight prospect Dmitry Pirog (15-0, 12 KOs) became the first one to stop tough American competitor Eric Mitchell (22-7-1, 11 KOs) inside the scheduled distance. Mitchell gave WBO #2, WBC #4 Pirog fits in the first two rounds but then gradually succumbed to the combinational power and diversity of the Russian contender. The contest was stopped at 1:07 of the fifth round, when Mitchell signalized he was in no condition to continue. Pirog reportedly became the WBO mandatory challenger after this victory.
In what was advertised as the main event of the evening, Uzbek stylist Timur Ibragimov (27-2-1, 15 KOs) acquired a vacant IBA intercontinental heavyweight title with the third-round stoppage of Tanzanian Awadh Tamim (11-2, 6 KOs). Tamim was down three times before the bout was stopped by referee Jon Schorle. (more…)
Despite the heavy snow and blizzard conditions ravaging the mid-Atlantic states, there was barely a dusting of snow in Newark, NJ and the streets are clear for tonight’s show at the Prudential Center featuring heavyweights Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) and Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs). Tickets in the lower bowl have completely sold out, but arena will continue to open up sections of $53 seats as long as there is a demand. Doors open at 7:00pm. The first fight will begin at 7:10pm. Tickets can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, or by calling TicketMaster 800-745-3000 until 6pm.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Knockout sensation David Lemieux (21-0 20KO) entered unchartered territories Saturday as he forced to go the distance against Jason Naugler (18-12-1 11KO), easily scoring a 100-89 victory on all three scorecards in his first headline appearance Saturday afternoon at the Casino de Montreal. Lemieux captures the vacant Canadian super-middleweight championship with the victory after dispatching his first twenty opponents in less than five rounds. Lemieux scored a knockdown in the second round, catching Naugler who has only been stopped once with a right hand and sending the Nova Scotian feet flying out from under him. Naugler proved to be a tough nut to crack as he absorbed the best that Lemieux had to offer and was able to offer back giving the Montreal fighter his toughest fight to date.
Former two-time world title challenger Hermann Ngoudjo (18-3 10KO) returned to the ring for the first time in over a year and posted a TKO victory at 1:43 of the 6th round over Silverio Ortiz of Mexico. Ortiz proved to be nothing if not tough for the duration of this one, absorbing the best the Montreal fighter had to offer then inexplicably turned his back on the action and walked to his corner after receiving a right uppercut from Ngoudjo. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
The danger of an impending record setting snowstorm did little to deter the Philly boxing fans as the near sellout crowd at Legendary Blue Horizon came out to witness several local prospects take huge steps up in their career’s on Friday night. In the scheduled eight round main event of the evening, Philly junior middleweight contender Derek “Pooh” Ennis (20-2-1, 13 KOs) showed that he is ready step in with the best in the junior middleweights in the world, with an impressive fifth round stoppage of Edwin Vasquez (22-15-2, 8 KOs). In the co-feature of the eight bout card promoted by Vernocha L. Michael of Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions Inc., highly touted featherweight Eric “Outlaw” Hunter (12-1, 5 KOs) showed he has more than just hand speed with a dominant first round knockout of Roberto Bonilla (22-12, 13 KOs) (more…)
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Middleweight Andy Kolle (20-2, 15 KO’s) stopped Pat “The Cat” Coleman on Friday night at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Coleman was crafty, but it was the 27-year-old Kolle that controlled the ring like a veteran. Kolle went to the body in the early rounds but slowly began to shift his attack upstairs as the rounds went by. Kolle put Coleman down in round four with a straight left. By the start of round five, Coleman’s left eye was swelling, bloody and closing. Coleman was able to survive the fifth but told referee Mark Nelson he couldn’t see in-between rounds and the fight was halted.
By Graham Houston
Lightweight champ Edwin Valero is one of those “force of nature” fighters. He isn’t classy, nor is he especially quick, but he brings an almost frightening power and intensity to his fights. Valero is difficult to discourage and it is hard to hold him off. He has shown a patience and maturity in his recent fights after starting his professional career with 18 first-round knockouts. On Saturday in Mexico Valero defends his WBC title for the second time when he meets Antonio DeMarco in an all-southpaw fight, with Showtime televising.
Valero is fighting on his opponent’s home territory, but this is unlikely to worry him too much. He has won in Mexico before, and he didn’t let a particularly hostile crowd affect his performance when he knocked out Vicente Mosquera in a ferocious fight in Panama. The 28-year-old Venezuelan is very confident in his ability to hurt and stop the other man. Indeed, it is possible that his boxing technique has suffered a little as opponent after opponent has fallen. Valero, though, always gives me the impression that he knows exactly what he is doing, at all times, in the ring. He might look a bit crude and even raw, but when he gets a man going the end usually is imminent. (more…)
With one sudden, dramatic right hand, once-beaten Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez (28-1, 19 KOs) of Lynwood, Calif. broke open an entertaining, dead-even fight to brutally knock out former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop’’ Corley (36-13-1, 21 KOs) of Washington, D.C., at 1:48 of the fifth round Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. In the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., power-punching, undefeated Dominican Francisco Contreras (13-0, 12 KOs), of Livingston, N.J., registered a 1:38, first-round knockout over Juan Castaneda, Jr. (16-3, 12 KOs), of La Paz, Mexico, in a scheduled eight-round junior welterweight bout. Click Here for More Photos
By Joe Koizumi
Boxing is a game that healthy young men exchange gloves, but it might be a new tradition that our Japanese contestants often wear a mask to avoid any virus infection. So did Daiki Kameda (15-2, 11 KOs), who will fight a rematch with the WBA flyweight champ Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-1-1, 20 KOs) of Thailand tomorrow (Sunday) in Kobe, Japan. They fought last October to a majority decision (115-113 twice and 114-114) in favor of the 33-year-old veteran Thailander. Since Kameda Promotions strongly asked for a direct rematch, the WBA finally sanctioned it after the convention in Colombia in November.
The 21-year-old Daiki, the younger brother of the WBC flyweight kingpin Koki Kameda, attempts to follow the footstep of the Klitschko brothers dominating the world belts in the same category at the same time. Today there was a weigh-n ceremony, where the champ tipped the beam at 110.75 to the 112-pound class limit for the challenger. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Fightnews.com caught up with world class trainer Freddie Roach earlier today to discuss the Pacquiao–Mayweather fiasco, Joshua Clottey, Shane Mosley and the newest addition to Roach’s stable of champions, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm from Cologne, Germany. The 49-years old Roach also talks about his past as an active fighter, his motivation about being a trainer and his battle with Parkinson disease.
What can you tell us about the whole Manny Pacquiao–Floyd Mayweather, Olympic style drug testing fiasco?
The thing is I am not giving in to Mayweather. He is not running the sport, the commissions do. If you let him run the sport, it’s like giving the first two rounds away. He doesn’t make the rules, the commissions and the sanctioning bodies make the rules. They have been doing that for a long time. Who the hell is Mayweather to tell us what to do? That’s not going to happen. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao, boxing’s No. 1 attraction, has forged a commercial partnership with Albertsons, a major grocery chain in the US. According to Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz, a shopper who pays a minimum of $50 worth of items in a participating branch in the Dallas area, will go home with a signed poster of the March 13 Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight. “Manny is very pleased with his partnership with Albertsons,” said Koncz. “This goes to show that Manny’s popularity has grown outside of the boxing ring.” Pacquiao is currently in the thick of training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood under guru Freddie Roach. Pacquiao is expected to arrive in Dallas on March 7 or 8 for the final phase of his preparation.
Colombian amateur Samuel Vargas will make his pro debut against Todd Furler, this Saturday, February 6th at the Montreal Casino in Quebec, Canada in a scheduled four round welterweight bout.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Vargas immigrated to Canada at age 16 in search of a better life. Arriving in Toronto, Vargas started boxing under the guidance of famed Canadian trainer Chris Johnson.. . . Click here for more
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